Feast of the Holy Face of Jesus

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Reparation

The last century saw, here and there, like so many points of light in the Church, men and women drawn by the Holy Spirit to the contemplation of the Face of Christ. In many cases this attraction to the Holy Face of Jesus was characterized by the prayer of reparation. The spiritual impulse to make reparation emerged in the aftermath of the French Revolution and, in the twentieth century, became in some way a response to the horrors of two World Wars. Violence, terrorism, and war continue to inspire a prayer of reparation that looks to the Face of Christ. We are most affected by acts of violence that disfigure the human face. Hear Isaiah's prophecy of the Servant: "His appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the sons of men. . . . He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief, and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not" (Is 52: 14; 53:3).

Face and Person

Face and Person are synonomous, not only by reason of the Greek etymology, but even more because there is nothing more personal, nothing more precious, nothing dearer than the face of a loved one. The psalmist's cry, "I long to see Thy face" (Ps 26:8), is the cry of every lover to his beloved, the cry of child to parent, of parent to child, and of friend to friend. The most poignant moment in the rites of death and burial comes when the face of the deceased is covered for the last time. We cherish photographs of those we love, but what is a photograph without a face? The relationships that we call "heart to heart" never tire of the "face to face."

Sins Against the Holy Face

The Holocaust that took place during the Second World War was, at the deepest level, an attempt to erase the dignity and uniqueness of each person, a sin against the Human Face of God, the Face of Christ mirrored in millions of Jewish faces. Every sin against the dignity of the human person is a sin against the Face of Christ. Every act of violence, irreverence, or scorn directed against the human person is a sin against the Face of Christ. The abortion that prevents a child's face from seeing another human face in the light of day is a sin against the Face of Christ. Torture and cruel ridicule are sins against the Face of Christ. The hard, stony gaze that looks at a person without seeing him is a sin against the Face of Christ. The eyes that judge, the look that condemns, is a sin against the Face of Christ. The refusal to see Christ in the faces of the sick, the stranger, and the immigrant is a sin against His Holy Face.

Our Secret Sins in the Light of Thy Face

Reparation is the prayer that seeks to make whole what is fragmented by putting love where there is no love, by gazing with reverence upon what has been disdained, by allowing our eyes to rest on "One from whom men hide their faces" (Is 53:3). The extraordinary thing about the prayer of reparation is that it is healing not only for the one offended but for the offender as well. If by sin we offend the Face of Christ, by reparation to the Holy Face we are healed of our sins. "Thou has set our iniquities before thee," says the psalmist, "our secret sins in the light of Thy face" (Ps 89:8).

The Eucharistic Face of Christ

The prayer of reparation is most at home in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. The light that shines from the "Eucharistic Face of Christ" heals us sinners, and heals those against whom we have sinned. The love we bring to the Eucharistic Face of Christ reaches every human face. The prayer of reparation is the veil of Veronica lifted to the face of Christ in His Passion; it is the hand that seeks to wipe away every disfiguring stain of filth, of blood, and of tears.

Held in His Gaze

Mother Marie-Thérèse Bonnin, a French Benedictine of Jesus Crucified, remarked that nothing "repaired" her soul like the contemplation of the Holy Face. In 1940 she wrote, "I have need of prayer in the same way one has need of recuperating physically. Time passes quickly close to Him. It is not that I feel anything, it is enough to know that I am held in His gaze, enough to believe in His love."

Reparation and Adoration

The beginning of Lent and today's Feast of the Holy Face of Jesus invite us to a prayer of reparation and of adoration. "Look to him and be radiant; let your faces not be abashed" (Ps 33:6). The light that streams from the Face of Christ can make radiant every human face. Allow yourself to be held in His gaze. Believe in His love. Perseverance in the simple prayer of reparation means healing for ourselves and healing for the world.

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Holy Face of Jesus
True Image from Holy Shroud

"By offering My Face to My Eternal Father nothing will be refused, and the conversion of many sinners will be obtained."

"It is required that all undertake to widely spread and make known this devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus." +++

Our Lord said to Sister Marie de Saint-Piere of St. Peter. A Carmelite Nun of Tours, France.


The Golden Arrow Prayer
(Prayer revealed by Our Lord to Sister Marie of St. Peter in 1843)
May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable, most incomprehensible and ineffable Name of God be forever 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.


Jesus said "This Golden Arrow will wound My Heart delightfully,
and heal the wounds inflicted by blasphemy."

Imprimatur: T. J. Toolen. Archbishop of Mobile-Birmingham

The Imprimatur for The Golden Arrow Prayer.

Our Lord told Sister Marie de Saint-Piere on March 16, 1844,
"Oh, if you only knew what great merit you acquire by saying even once,
'Admirable is the name of God',
in the spirit of reparation of blasphemy!"

(say often)

Promises of Our Lord Jesus Christ to Sister Marie of St. Peter
A Carmelite Nun of Tours, France...
Favour of those who honour His Holy Face.

1. "By My Holy Face you shall work miracles."
2. "By My Holy Face you will obtain the conversion of many sinners."
3. "Nothing that you ask in making this offering will be refused to you."
4. "If you knew how pleasing the sight of My Face is to My Father."

5. "As in a kingdom you can procure all you wish for with coin marked with the King's effigy, so in the Kingdom of Heaven you will obtain all you desire with the Precious coin of My Holy Face."

6. "Our Lord has promised me that He will imprint His divine likeness on the souls of those who honour his most holy Countenance."
7. "All those who honour My Holy Face in a spirit of reparation, will be so doing perform the office of the pious Veronica."

8. 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 therein My image and render it as beautiful as it was on leaving the Baptismal font."

9. "Our Lord has promised me, that all those who defend His cause in this work of reparation, by words, by prayers, or in writing. He will defend them 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."

Imprimatur: J.-C. Chaumont, V.G., February 1959
Promises of Our Lord Jesus Christ to Sister Marie of St. Peter A Carmelite Nun of Tours, France... Favour of those who honour His Holy Face.


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The Holy Face originated... When Veronica knelt in front of Jesus and used her veil
to wide the Face of Jesus during His Passion. Jesus, His Holy Face left imprint on her veil.
Her name and legend comes from the words vera icon "true image"... the veil was called.

Veronica pious act of wiping the Face of Jesus is revered on the sixth station of the cross.

Jesus said... "The Holy Face is the very Image of God."

Post scriptum :

Actually,Father, I think the whole webpage is so awesome it is worth the posting ! There are some AMAZING prayers here below to defeat the enemy by "sowing division" in his camp through the invocation of the Holy Face...

ALL PRAISE ALL HONOR AND ALL GLORY BE TO THE LAMB AND TO THE HOLY ONE, SEATED UPON THE THRONE OF JUSTICE AND MERCY !


http://www.jesusiam.com/piere.html

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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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