PRAYERS TO THE HOLY FACE
PRAYERS OF SR. MARY OF ST. PETER
I salute Thee, I adore Thee, and I love Thee, O Jesus, my Saviour, outraged anew by blasphemers; and I offer Thee, through the Heart of Thy Blessed Mother, the worship of all the Angels and Saints, as an incense and a perfume of sweet odor, most humbly beseeching Thee, by the virtue of Thy Sacred Face, to repair and renew in me, and in all men, Thy image disfigured by sin. Amen.
I salute Thee, I adore Thee, and I love Thee, O adorable Face of Jesus, my Beloved, noble seal of the Divinity; with all the powers of my soul I apply myself to Thee, and most humbly pray Thee to imprint in us all the features of Thy divine likeness. Amen.
PRAYERS OF VEN. LEO DUPONT
O adorable Face of my Jesus, so mercifully bowed upon the tree of the Cross on the day of Thy Passion, for the salvation of men, now again, incline in Thy pity toward us poor sinners; cast upon us a look of compassion, and receive us to the kiss of peace. Amen.
O Lord Jesus Christ, in presenting ourselves before Thy adorable Face, to beg of Thee the graces we most need, we beseech Thee, to give us above all things the disposition of never refusing at any time to do what Thou requirest of us by Thy commandments and divine inspirations. Amen.
May I die consumed by an ardent thirst to see the adorable Face of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! (St. Edme)
PRAYER OF ST. THERESE OF LISIEUX
O Jesus, Who in Thy cruel Passion didst become the “Reproach of men and the Man of Sorrows,” I worship Thy Divine Face. Once it shone with the beauty and sweetness of the Divinity: now for my sake it is become as the face of a leper. Yet in that disfigured Countenance I recognize Thy infinite Love, and I am consumed with the desire of loving Thee and of making Thee loved by all mankind. The tears that streamed in such abundance from Thy Eyes are to me as precious pearls which I delight to gather, that with their infinite worth I may ransom the souls of poor sinners.
O Jesus, Whose Face is the sole beauty that ravishes my heart, I may not behold here upon earth the sweetness of Thy Glance, nor feel the ineffable tenderness of Thy Kiss. I bow to Thy Will—but I pray Thee to imprint in me Thy Divine Likeness, and I implore Thee so to inflame me with Thy Love, that it may quickly consume me and I may soon reach the Vision of Thy glorious Face in Heaven. Amen.
PRAYER OF POPE PIUS IX
O my Jesus, cast upon us a look of mercy; turn Thy Face towards each of us, as Thou didst to Veronica; not that we may see It with our bodily eyes, for this we do not deserve, but turn It towards our hearts, so that, remembering Thee, we may ever draw from this fountain of strength the vigor necessary to sustain the combats of life. Amen.
PRAYER OF POPE CLEMENT VI
O God, Who dost enlighten us with the light of Thy countenance, and Who, to reward the loving kindness of St. Veronica, didst leave us the impression of Thy Face on her veil as a remembrance, grant that through Thy Cross and Passion, we may one day fearlessly look upon Thy Face, when Thou wilt come to judge the living and the dead.
Almighty and Eternal God, through Whose grace the image of Thy Holy Face doth shine forth radiantly to Thy devout people, grant us, we beseech Thee, the remission of our sins, and direct all the thoughts, words, and actions of those who confide in Thy mercy, Who livest and reignest with the Father, in unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.
LITANY OF THE HOLY FACE
IN REPARATION OF BLASPHEMIES,
AND TO OBTAIN A SPECIAL GRACE OF GOD, ESPECIALLY THE CONVERSION OF SINNERS.
(Composed by Sr. Mary of St. Peter)
LORD, have mercy on us.
Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Jesus Christ, hear us.
Jesus Christ, graciously hear us.
Holy Virgin Mary, pray for us.
(After each invocation: “Have mercy on us.”)
O adorable Face, most profoundly venerated by Mary and Joseph when they saw you for the first time, have mercy on us.
O adorable Face, who, in the stable of Bethlehem, filled the angels, the magi, and the shepherds with great joy, [etc.]
O adorable Face, at whose sight in the Temple the holy Simeon and Ann the prophetess were blessed with the gift of love and prophecy,
O adorable Face, bathed with tears in your holy childhood,
O adorable Face, admired by the doctors of the law when they listened to you in the Temple,
O adorable Face, so attractive and replete with grace and beauty,
O adorable Face, noble in every feature,
O adorable Face, contemplated by the angels,
O adorable Face, sweet love of the Saints,
O adorable Face, fruit of the Holy Ghost, and beloved of the Eternal Father,
O adorable Face, delight of Mary and Joseph,
O adorable Face, ineffable mirror of Divine perfection,
O adorable Face, our mediator with God,
O adorable Face, terror of demons,
O adorable Face, treasure of graces and benedictions,
O adorable Face, exposed in the desert to the inclemencies of the seasons,
O adorable Face, burning with the heat of the sun and covered with sweat from the fatigues of the voyage,
O adorable Face, expressive of divinity,
O adorable Face, whose modesty and sweetness attracted alike the just and the sinners,
O adorable Face, troubled and weeping at the tomb of Lazarus,
O adorable Face, brilliant as the sun, and shining with glory on Mount Thabor,
O adorable Face, sorrowful at the sight of Jerusalem, and weeping over that ungrateful city,
O adorable Face, bent to the ground in the garden of Olives, and suffering shame for our sins,
O adorable Face, covered with a bloody sweat,
O adorable Face, kissed by the perfidious Judas,
O adorable Face, the sanctity and majesty of which struck the soldiers with terror, causing them to fall prostrate,
O adorable Face, struck by an infamous servant, covered by a veil of ignominy, and profaned by the sacrilegious hands of enemies,
O adorable Face, covered with spittle, and bruised by repeated blows,
O adorable Face, whose divine looks pierced the heart of St. Peter with remorse and sorrow,
O adorable Face, humbled for us at the tribunals of Jerusalem,
O adorable Face, unmoved and serene when fatally condemned by Pilate,
O adorable Face, covered with sweat and blood, and falling in the mud under the heavy weight of the Cross,
O adorable Face, wiped with a veil by St. Veronica on your way to Calvary,
O adorable Face, elevated on the most shameful instrument of torture,
O adorable Face, whose incomparable beauty was clouded by the horrible darkness of the sins of mankind,
O adorable Face, covered with the sad shadows of death,
O adorable Face, washed and anointed by Mary and the holy women, and wrapped in a shroud,
O adorable Face, laid in the sepulchre,
O adorable Face, resplendent with glory and beauty on the day of the resurrection,
O adorable Face, dazzling with light at the moment of the Ascension,
O adorable Face, hidden in the Eucharist,
O adorable Face, who will appear in the clouds at the end of time with great power and majesty,
O adorable Face, how terrible then to sinners,
O adorable Face, what joy to the just for eternity,
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, forgive us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, O Lord.
PROMISES OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST TO SR. MARY OF ST. PETER, IN FAVOR OF THOSE WHO HONOR HIS HOLY FACE
“By My Holy Face you shall work miracles.” (October 27, 1845.)
“All those who honor My Holy Face in a spirit of reparation, will, by so doing, perform the office of the pious Veronica.” (October 27, 1845.)
“As in an earthly kingdom you can procure all you wish for with a coin marked with the prince's effigy, so in the kingdom of Heaven you will obtain all you desire with the precious coin of My holy Humanity, which is My adorable countenance.” (October 29, 1845.)
“According to the care you take in making reparation to My Face, disfigured by blasphemies, so will I take care of yours, which has been disfigured by sin. I will reprint thereon My image and render it as beautiful as it was on leaving the Baptismal font.” (November 3, 1845.)
“Our Lord has promised me,” said Sr. Mary of St. Peter, “that all those who defend His cause in this work of reparation, by words, by prayers, or in writing, He will defend before His Father; at their death He will purify their souls by effacing all the blots of sin and will restore to them their primitive beauty.” (March 12, 1846.)
“By My Holy Face you will obtain the conversion of many sinners. Nothing that you ask in making this offering will be refused to you. If you knew how pleasing the sight of My Face is to My Father!” (November 22, 1846.)
“Our Lord,” said Sr. Mary of St. Peter, “has promised me that He will imprint His divine likeness on the souls of those who honor His most holy countenance.” (January 21, 1847.)