Novena of the Holy Face of Jesus

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A Day Rich in Graces

-- Today, February 15th, is Sexagesima Sunday. In Rome the stational church is the Basilica of Saint Paul-Outside-the-Walls. This is reflected in the traditional Collect for today's Mass and Office: "O God, Who seest that that we put not our trust in anything we do of ourselves; mercifully grant that by the protection of the Doctor of the Gentiles we may be defended against all adversity."

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-- It is the feast of Saint Claude La Colombière, the spiritual father of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque and the Apostle of the Sacred Heart. Our Lord said this about him to Saint Margaret Mary: "Turn to my servant and tell him from Me to do all he can to establish this devotion and to give this pleasure to my Divine Heart. Tell him not to be discouraged by the difficulties he will meet with, for they will not be lacking. But he must learn that he is all-powerful who completely distrusts himself to place his trust in Me alone."

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-- It is also the feast of Blessed Michael Sopocko, the spiritual father of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska and the Apostle of Divine Mercy. Concerning Blessed Michael Sopocko, Our Lord said to Saint Faustina: "He is a priest after My own Heart. . . . As a result of his efforts, a new light will shine in the Church of God for the consolation of souls."

-- And today marks the beginning of the Annual Novena in honour of the Most Holy Face of Jesus. The feast of the Holy Face is celebrated on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. I invite the readers of Vultus Christi to join me in praying daily this Litany of the Holy Face.

Praying the Litany

Litanies are among the oldest forms of Christian prayer. They invite us, not to a mechanical and vain repetition of words, but to a prolonged contemplation of one or another of the mysteries of our faith, shot through with an insistent appeal for mercy. Pray the Litany of the Holy Face quietly and slowly. Allow each invocation to open the eyes of your soul to the adorable countenance of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Human Face of God.

The Litany of the Holy Face of Jesus


Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of heaven,
R. Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world.
R. Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost,
R. Have mercy on us.

Most Holy Face of Jesus, radiant splendour of the Father,
R. Look upon us, and have mercy.

Most Holy Face of Jesus, spotless mirror of the majesty of God and image of His goodness,
R. Look upon us, and have mercy.

Most Holy Face of Jesus, where radiates the consuming fire of the Holy Spirit,
R. Look upon us, and have mercy.

Most Holy Face of Jesus, joy of the Virgin Mary,
R. Look upon us, and have mercy.

Most Holy Face of Jesus, Who allowed Thyself to be embraced by little children,
R. Look upon us, and have mercy.

Most Holy Face of Jesus, covered with sadness at the departure of the rich young man,
R. Look upon us, and have mercy.

Most Holy Face of Jesus, Whose gaze converted the sinful woman and transformed the heart of Peter,
R. Look upon us, and have mercy.

Most Holy Face of Jesus, sought by all those who love Thee,
R. Look upon us, and have mercy.

Most Holy Face of Jesus, light of all the upright of heart,
R. Look upon us, and have mercy.

Most Holy Face of Jesus, Whose radiant beauty is veiled to the proud,
R. Look upon us, and have mercy.

Most Holy Face of Jesus, in Whose light our misery lies open,
R. Look upon us, and have mercy.

Most Holy Face of Jesus, Whose compassionate gaze wants to take away our bitterness,
R. Look upon us, and have mercy.

Most Holy Face of Jesus, Whose meekness is so sweet that it transforms souls,
R. Look upon us, and have mercy.

Most Holy Face of Jesus, on which we read Thine infinite Charity,
R. Look upon us, and have mercy.

Most Holy Face of Jesus, Whose look of mercy enfolds the whole world,
R. Look upon us, and have mercy.

Most Holy Face of Jesus, which will never be sufficiently honoured,
R. Look upon us, and have mercy.

Most Holy Face of Jesus, covered with a sweat of blood,
R. Look upon us, and have mercy.

Most Holy Face of Jesus, touched by the infamous traitor's kiss,
R. Look upon us, and have mercy.

Most Holy Face of Jesus, crowned with thorns,
R. Look upon us, and have mercy.

Most Holy Face of Jesus, insulted by hatred, negligence, and infidelities,
R. Look upon us, and have mercy.

Most Holy Face of Jesus, buffeted by servants, struck by soldiers, and bruised abusively by the crowd,
R. Look upon us, and have mercy.

Most Holy Face of Jesus, stained with spittle, dust, and blood,
R. Look upon us, and have mercy.

Most Holy Face of Jesus, despised by the powerful of this world,
R. Look upon us, and have mercy.

Most Holy Face of Jesus, trembling with sorrow upon meeting Mary,
R. Look upon us, and have mercy.

Most Holy Face of Jesus, tenderly wiped by Veronica,
R. Look upon us, and have mercy.

Most Holy Face of Jesus, on which we can read all the traces of our sins,
R. Look upon us, and have mercy.

Most Holy Face of Jesus, hidden in the Holy Sacrament,
R. Look upon us, and have mercy.

Most Holy Face of Jesus, which the Angels so greatly desired to see and before which they can only be silent and adore,
R. Look upon us, and have mercy.

Most Holy Face of Jesus, Whose brightness will one day be the reward of the just and the most burning punishment of sinners,
R. Look upon us, and have mercy.

Most Holy Face of Jesus, before which the elect cast their crowns in everlasting praise,
R. Look upon us, and have mercy.

Most Holy Face of Jesus, Whose radiance is all the beauty of holy souls,
R. Look upon us, and have mercy.

Most Holy Face of Jesus, which will transfigure us from glory to glory,
R. Look upon us, and have mercy.

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.

V. Behold, O God our protector.
R. And look upon the Face of Thy Christ.

Let us pray.

O Lord Jesus Christ, glory of the Heavenly Father
and light of souls,
we beseech Thee with confidence that,
as we make our way amidst the shadows of this world,
the splendour of Thy Face may shine upon us,
that in the light of Thy Countenance,
we may at length merit to contemplate the eternal light
in which Thou livest and reignest with God the Father,
in the unity of the Holy Ghost,
forever and ever.
R. Amen.

1 Comments

Hello Father ! I was delighted to come across your website as I am involved myself in the (lay) apostolate of Eucharistic Adoration here in the parish of Shannon,County Clare,in the Irish Republic. I am now in my autumnal years as it were, which, by the way, doesn't bother me atall as, thanks be to the good Lord; I now see my ebbing years as more of a journey towards eternal youth rather than an end to my earthly existence !
Anyhow Father, the apostolate of Eucharistic Adoration was introduced here in November of 1995 and is still 'going strong.' Adoration hours are Monday- Friday, 10am- 9pm all year round, apart from Bank Holidays, Good Fridays and a few days during the Christmas period. Approx. 200 adorers are involved and about 90% of these have each pledged a particular hour on a particular day to this wonderful devotion ... 180 adorers. Others drop in regularly to visit Jesus in the Sacred Host exposed for veneration, including shoppers, as the Adoration Chapel is situated in Shannon Town Centre. We have five co-ordinators to oversee the apostolate and everything is done with the approval and blessing of our parish priest, Fr. Tom Ryan. Each co-ordinator looks after a specific day and we meet regularly. This system, we find , works very well.
Now,'to make a long story short,'... as the man said, having spoken without pause for the previous half-hour ... I was thinking that, perhaps, we could ask our adorers to join with you in prayer for vocations to the priesthood and , with this in mind, maybe you might send me some background on your own apostolate which we could present to our adorers by way of encouragement to participate ... though, I'm certain they would be delighted to be asked. Anyhow, over to you Fr Mark; sure if the Lord wants it, it will happen. God bless in the meantime and please, please remember our diocese of Killaloe which is in real need of an increase in vocations to the priesthood at the present time. Slan agus beannacht ( good health and blessings).
Tom Kearney.

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Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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