The Holy Face of Jesus
Preserved in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome
"By offering My Face to My Eternal Father, nothing will be refused, and the conversion of many sinners will be obtained."
DEVOTION TO THE
HOLY FACE OF JESUS
On November 24, 1843, Our Lord spoke the following words to the French Carmelite,
Sr. Marie de Saint-Pierre: "The earth is covered with crimes. The violation of the first three Commandments
of God has irritated My Father. The Holy Name of God blasphemed, and the Holy Day of the Lord profaned,
fills up the measure in iniquities. These sins have risen unto the Throne of God and provoked His wrath
which will soon burst forth if His justice be not appeased. At no time have these crimes reached such a pitch."
Our Lord appeared several times to Sister Marie to ask for reparation to be done to His Holy Face. These
revelations have the full approval of the Catholic Church.
Sister Marie was given a vision in which she saw the Sacred Heart of Jesus delightfully wounded by the "Golden Arrow" as torrents of graces streamed from It for the conversion of sinners.
The Golden Arrow Prayer
May the Most Holy, Most Sacred, Most Adorable, Most Incomprehensible and Ineffable 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.
Our Lord told Sr. Marie of St. Peter 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 for blasphemy." (say often)
Eternal Father, we offer Thee the adorable Face of Thy well-beloved Son, for the honor and glory of Thy Holy Name and for the salvation of souls.
O Jesus, through the merits of Thy Holy Face, have pity on us, and on the whole world. (three times)
The Holy Face Medal
Sister Maria Pierina de Micheli (died in 1945 – beatified May 30, 2010) was urged in many visions by the Blessed Mother and Jesus Himself to spread the devotion to the Holy Face. The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to her holding a Scapular which on one piece bore the image from the Holy Shroud with the words "Illumina Domine Vultum Tuum Super Nos" (May the light of Thy Face, O Lord, shine upon us) and on the other a Host surrounded by rays and the words "Mane Nobiscum Domine" (Stay with us, O Lord). Our Lady promised: “all who shall wear a Scapular like this and make, if possible, a visit to the Blessed Sacrament every Tuesday in reparation for the outrages that the Holy Face of my Son Jesus received during His Passion and is still receiving in the Holy Eucharist every day, will be strengthened in the Faith and be made ready to defend it, will overcome all difficulties, internal and external and will have a peaceful death under the loving gaze of my Divine Son."
Sr. Pierina felt inspired and obtained permission to have a medal cast which Our Lady approved of and granted the same favors and promises as those of the Scapular.
The first medal of the Holy Face was offered to Pope Pius XII who approved the devotion and the medal. On April 17th, 1958, he declared the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday (Shrove Tuesday) as the Feast of the Holy Face of Jesus as Our Lord had requested.