PRAYERS TO THE HOLY FACE
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.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
Holy Mary, pray for us.
(After each invocation: Have mercy on us.)
O Adorable Face, which wast worshipped with a profound respect by Mary and Joseph, when they beheld it for the first time,
O Adorable Face, which delighted the angels, the shepherds, and the Magi in the stable of Bethlehem,
O Adorable Face, which wounded the holy Simeon and Anna the prophetess with love,
O Adorable Face, which was bathed with tears in Thy holy infancy,
O Adorable Face, which called forth the admiration of the doctors of the law when Thou appearedst in the temple at the age of twelve,
O Adorable Face, white with purity, crimson with charity,
O Adorable Face, more beautiful than the sun, more gracious than the moon, more brilliant than the stars,
O Adorable Face, fresher than spring roses,
O Adorable Face, more precious than gold, silver, and diamonds,
O Adorable Face, whose look was ravishing, and grace charming,
O Adorable Face, whose trait is characterized by nobleness,
O Adorable Face, contemplated by angels,
O Adorable Face, principal work of the Holy Ghost, in whom the eternal Father was pleased,
O Adorable Face, delight of Mary and Joseph,
O Adorable Face, ineffable mirror of divine perfection,
O Adorable Face, whose beauty is always old, and yet new,
O Adorable Face, which appeasest the wrath of God,
O Adorable Face, which make devils to tremble,
O Adorable Face, treasure of grace and benediction,
O Adorable Face, exposed in the desert to the inclemency of the weather,
O Adorable Face, burnt with the heat of the sun, and bathed in sweat,
O Adorable Face, whose expression was always divine,
O Adorable Face, whose modesty and mildness attracted the just and the sinner,
O Adorable Face, which bestowed a holy kiss on the children after having blessed them,
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, saddened at the sight of Jerusalem, and weeping over that ungrateful city,
O Adorable Face, bent to the ground in the garden of Olives, and bearing the confusion of our sins,
O Adorable Face, which was covered with bloody sweat,
O Adorable Face, kissed by the traitor Judas,
O Adorable Face, whose sanctity and majesty terrified the soldiers, and caused them to fall on their faces,
O Adorable Face, struck by a servant, covered with the veil of ignominy, and profaned by sacrilegious hands,
O Adorable Face, soiled with spit, and bruised with blows,
O Adorable Face, whose divine look wounded the heart of St. Peter with grief and love for Thee,
O Adorable Face, humiliated for us in the tribunal of Jerusalem,
O Adorable Face, which preserved Thy usual calmness when Pilate pronounced the sentence of death,
O Adorable Face, covered with sweat and blood, falling in the mud under the heavy weight of the cross,
O Adorable Face, which deservedst our respect, homage, and adoration,
O Adorable Face, wiped by a pious woman on the road to Calvary,
O Adorable Face, whose forehead was crowned with thorns,
O Adorable Face, whose eyes were filled with tears and blood,
O Adorable Face, whose divine lips tasted vinegar and gall,
O Adorable Face, whose hair and beard was blackened by the executioners,
O Adorable Face, which became like to a leper,
O Adorable Face, whose incomparable beauty was obscured by the frightful cloud of the sins of the world,
O Adorable Face, covered with the sad shades of death,
O Adorable Face, washed and perfumed by Mary and the holy women, and covered with a winding sheet,
O Adorable Face, covered in the sepulchre,
O Adorable Face, all resplendent with glory and beauty at the day of the Resurrection,
O Adorable Face, all glistening with light at the moment of the Ascension,
O Adorable Face, concealed in the Eucharist,
O Adorable Face, which will appear at the end of time, in the air, with great power and majesty,
O Adorable Face, which will make sinners tremble,
O Adorable Face, which will fill the just with joy for eternity,
Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, pardon us.
Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, hear us.
Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
LET US PRAY
I salute, adore, and love Thee, O Jesus, my Saviour, covered with new insults by blasphemers, and offer Thee, in the heart of the divine Mary, as an incense and perfume of agreeable odour, the homage of angels and all saints, praying Thee humbly, by the virtue of Thy holy face, to repair and re-establish in me and all mankind Thy image disfigured by sin.
I salute, adore, and love Thee, O adorable face of Jesus, my well beloved, noble impression of the Godhead. I devote myself to Thee with all the powers of my soul, and humbly pray Thee to stamp in my heart all the traits of Thy divine resemblance. 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.
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.)