The Holy Face - Prayers and Promises



In Reparation for Blasphemies, and to implore of God, by the Adorable Face of his Son, the conversion of blasphemers.

(Composed by Sister Mary of St. Peter)

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
Holy Mary, pray for us.

(Repeat after each invocation: Have mercy on us)

O Adorable Face, which wast adored with profound respect by Mary and Joseph when they saw Thee for the first time, Have mercy on us.
O Adorable Face, which in the stable of Bethlehem didst ravish with joy the Angels, the shepherds, and the wise men, [etc.]
O Adorable Face, which in the Temple didst transpierce with a dart of love the saintly Simeon and the prophetess Anna,
O Adorable Face, which wast bathed in tears in Thy holy Infancy,
O Adorable Face, which, appearing in the Temple, didst fill with admiration the Doctors of the Law,
O Adorable Face, whose charms were so ravishing, and whose grace was so attractive,
O Adorable Face, whose nobility characterized every feature,
O Adorable Face, contemplated by the Angels,
O Adorable Face, sweet delight of the Saints,
O Adorable Face, masterpiece of the Holy Ghost, in which the Eternal Father is well pleased,
O Adorable Face, delight of Mary and Joseph,
O Adorable Face, ineffable mirror of the divine perfections,
O Adorable Face, which appeasest the anger of God,
O Adorable Face, which makest the devils tremble,
O Adorable Face, treasure of grace and blessings,
O Adorable Face, exposed in the desert to the inclemencies of the weather,
O Adorable Face, which wast bathed with sweat in Thy journeys, and scorched with the heat of the sun,
O Adorable Face, whose expression was all divine,
O Adorable Face, whose modesty and meekness attracted both just and sinners,
O Adorable Face, troubled and weeping at the tomb of Lazarus,
O Adorable Face, brilliant as the sun, and radiant with glory on Mount Thabor,
O Adorable Face, sorrowful at the sight of Jerusalem, and shedding tears over that ungrateful city,
O Adorable Face, bowed to the earth in the Garden of Olives, and covered with confusion for our sins,
O Adorable Face, bathed in a bloody sweat,
O Adorable Face, kissed by the traitor Judas,
O Adorable Face, whose sanctity and majesty struck the soldiers with fear, and cast them to the ground,
O Adorable Face, struck by an infamous servant, blindfolded and profaned by the sacrilegious hands of Thy enemies,
O Adorable Face, defiled with spittle, and bruised by so many buffets and blows,
O Adorable Face, whose divine look wounded the heart of Peter with repentant sorrow and love,
O Adorable Face, humbled for us at the tribunals of Jerusalem,
O Adorable Face, which didst preserve Thy serenity when Pilate pronounced the fatal sentence,
O Adorable Face, covered with sweat and blood, and falling into the mire under the weight of the cross,
O Adorable Face, wiped with a veil by a pious woman on the road to Calvary,
O Adorable Face, raised on the instrument of the most shameful punishment,
O Adorable Face, whose incomparable beauty was obscured under the fearful cloud of the sins of the world,
O Adorable Face, covered with the sad shades of death,
O Adorable Face, washed and anointed by Mary and the holy women, and covered with a shroud,
O Adorable Face, enclosed in the sepulchre,
O Adorable Face, all resplendent with glory and beauty on the day of the resurrection,
O Adorable Face, all dazzling with light at the moment of Thy ascension,
O Adorable Face, hidden in the Eucharist,
O Adorable Face, which wilt appear at the end of time in the clouds, with great power and majesty,
O Adorable Face, which wilt cause sinners to tremble,
O Adorable Face, which wilt fill the just with joy for all eternity,

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, Spare 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.


I salute, adore, and love Thee, O Jesus, my Saviour, covered anew with outrages 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 odour, 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, adore, and 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 pray Thee most humbly to imprint in us all the features of Thy divine likeness. Amen.

Pater, Ave, Gloria.

By a Rescript dated 27th of January, 1853, His Holiness Pope Pius IX., grants to all who recite, with a contrite heart, the above Litany and prayers in honor of the Holy Face of Jesus Christ an indulgence of a hundred days, for each time, applicable to the souls in Purgatory.


(Dictated by Our Lord to Sister Mary of St. Peter)

May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable, most incomprehensible and unutterable Name of God be always praised, blessed, loved, adored and glorified, in Heaven, on earth, and under the earth, by all the creatures of God, and by the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Amen.

(40 days indulgence may be gained, by saying this act of praise in honor of the three Persons of the Blessed Trinity three times.)

CHARLES, Archbishop of Tours.
Tours, Good Friday, 15th of April 1881.


“By My Holy Face you shall work miracles.” (Oct. 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.” (Oct. 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.” (Oct. 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.” (Nov. 3, 1845.)

“Our Lord has promised me,” said Sister 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.” (Mar. 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!” (Nov. 22, 1846.)

“Our Lord,” said Sister 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.” (Jan. 21, 1847.)

Source: Sister Saint-Pierre and the Work of Reparation. A brief history by the Very Rev. P. Janvier. Translated by Miss Mary Hoffman. 1885.