The Holy Face of Jesus Novena Day 2 Feb 4 – Feb 13

“By My Holy Face you will obtain the conversion of numberless sinners. Nothing that you ask in making this offering will be refused you. According to the care you take in making reparation To My Face, disfigured by blasphemers, I will take care of yours, which has been disfigured by sin. I will reprint on it My Image, and render it as beautiful as it was on leaving the Baptismal Font. I promise personal and spiritual protection to all who venerate this medal.”
(Blessed Maria Pierina de Micheli)
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DAILY PREPARATORY PRAYER
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O Most Holy and Blessed Trinity, through the intercession of Holy Mary, whose soul was pierced through by a sword of sorrow at the sight of the passion of her Divine Son, we ask Thy help in making a perfect Novena of reparation with Jesus, united with all His sorrows, love, and total abandonment.
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We now implore all the Angels and Saints to intercede for us as we pray this Holy Novena to the Most Holy Face of Jesus and for the glory of the most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. (Start novena)
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Psalm 26:8 “My heart hath said to thee: My face hath sought Thee: Thy Face, O Lord, will I still seek.” 
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Psalm 30:20-21 “O how great is the multitude of Thy sweetness, O Lord, which Thou hast hidden for them that fear Thee! Which Thou hast wrought for them that hope in Thee, in the sight of the sons of men. Thou shalt hide them in the secret of Thy Face, from the disturbance of men. Thou shalt protect them in Thy tabernacle from the contradiction of tongues.”
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Psalm 67:2 “Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered: and let them that hate Him flee from before His Face.”
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I Corinthians 13:12 “We see now through a glass in a dark manner; but then face to Face. Now I know I part; but then I shall know even as I am known.”
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First Novena Prayer “The Golden Arrow Prayer”
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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. 
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“The Golden Arrow” is a prayer that Jesus gave to Sister Marie of St. Peter in August of 1843 in France. Sister Marie, a Carmelite nun, spoke of it as “an Act of Praise that Our Lord Himself dictated to me, notwithstanding my unworthiness, for the reparation of Blasphemy against His Holy Name.”
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While opening His Heart to her, Jesus complained bitterly of blasphemy. He said that this most grievous sin was the sin that most offends the divine Majesty; more than all other sins, for it was like “a poisoned arrow.”
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Then He dictated what He called “The Golden Arrow” prayer. He told Sister Mary that He would be most delightfully pierced by those who would recite this prayer, and that in addition, it would also heal those other wounds inflicted on Him by the malice of sinners.
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SECOND NOVENA PRAYER: PRAYER TO REPRODUCE THE IMAGE OF GOD IN OUR SOULS
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I SALUTE THEE, I ADORE THEE, AND I LOVE THEE, OH ADORABLE FACE OF MY BELOVED JESUS, AS THE NOBLE STAMP OF DIVINITY! COMPLETELY SURRENDERING MY SOUL TO THEE, I MOST HUMBLY BEG THEE TO STAMP THIS SEAL UPON US ALL, SO THAT THE IMAGE OF GOD MAY ONCE MORE BE REPRODUCED BY ITS IMPRINT IN OUR SOULS. AMEN.
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Our Lord told Sister Mary of St. Peter that the Image of His Holy Face is like a Divine Stamp which, if applied to souls, through prayer, has the power of imprinting anew within them the Image of God.
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“Jesus the very thought of Thee with sweetness fills my breast, But sweeter far Thy Face to see,
and in Thy presence rest”
(Saint Bernard)
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PRAYER TO ALMIGHTY GOD 
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Almighty Father, come into our hearts, and so fill us with Thy love that forsaking all evil desires, we may embrace Thee, our only good. Show us, O Lord our God, what Thou art to us. Say to our souls, I am Thy salvation, speak so that we may hear. Our hearts are before Thee; open our ears; let us hasten after Thy voice. Hide not Thy Face from us; we beseech Thee, O Lord. Open our hearts so that Thou mayst enter in. Repair the ruined mansions that Thou mayst dwell therein. Hear us, O Heavenly Father, for the sake of Thy only Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with Thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. 
(St. Augustine)
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“The Lord bless thee, and keep thee. The Lord shew His Face to thee, and have mercy on thee. The Lord turn His Countenance to thee, and give thee peace.” 
(Numbers 6:24-26)
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ST. THERESA OF LISIEUX PRAYER TO THE HOLY FACE 
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O Jesus, Who in Thy bitter Passion didst become “the most abject of men, a man of sorrows,” I venerate Thy Sacred Face whereon there once did shine the beauty and sweetness of the Godhead; but now it has become for me as if it were the face of a leper! Nevertheless, under those disfigured features, I recognize Thy infinite Love and I am consumed with the desire to love Thee and make Thee loved by all men. The tears which well abundantly in Thy sacred eyes appear to me as so many precious pearls that I love to gather up, in order to purchase the souls of poor sinners by means of their infinite value. O Jesus, Whose adorable Face ravishes my heart, I implore Thee to fix deep within me Thy Divine Image and to set me on fire with Thy Love, that I may be found worthy to come to the contemplation of Thy glorious Face in Heaven. Amen.
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Holy Face Prayer of Pope Pius IX
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“O my Jesus, cast upon us a look of mercy; turn your Face towards each of us, as you did 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 vigour necessary to sustain the combats of life. Amen” 
(Taken From St. Anthony’s Treasury)
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“All those who, attracted by my love and venerating my Countenance, shall receive by virtue of my humanity, a brilliant and vivid impression of my Divinity. This splendor shall enlighten the depths of their souls, so that in eternal glory the court of heaven will marvel at the marked likeness of their features with my divine Countenance”
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“Let the soul who is desirous of advancing in perfection hasten to My Sacred Heart ~ but he who yearns to make even greater progress and to mount still higher on the wings of desire, must rise with the swiftness of an eagle and hover about my Sacred Face, supported like a seraph, on the wings of overpowering love.”
(Our Lord to St. Gertrude the Great)
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Family Consecration To The Holy Face Of Jesus
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O Lord Jesus, we believe most firmly in Thee, we love Thee. Thou art the Eternal Son of God and the Son Incarnate of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Thou art the Lord and Absolute Ruler of all creation. We acknowledge Thee, therefore, as the Universal Sovereign of all creatures. Thou art the Lord and Supreme Ruler of all mankind, and we, in acknowledging this, Thy dominion, consecrate ourselves to Thee now and forever. Loving Jesus, we place our family under the protection of Thy Holy Face, and of Thy Virgin Mother, Mary most sorrowful. We promise to be faithful to Thee for the rest of our lives and to observe with fidelity Thy Holy Commandments. We will never deny before men, Thee and Thy Divine rights over us and all mankind. Grant us the grace to never sin again; nevertheless, should we fail, O Divine Savior, have mercy on us and restore us to Thy grace. Radiate Thy Divine Countenance upon us and bless us now and forever. Embrace us at the hour of death in Thy Kingdom for all eternity, through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, of all thy Saints who behold Thee in Heaven, and the just who glorify Thee on earth, O Jesus, be mindful of us forever and never forsake us; protect our family. O Mother of Sorrows, by the eternal glory which Thou dost enjoy in Heaven, through the merits of thy bitter anguish in the Sacred Passion of Thy Beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, obtain for us the grace that the Precious Blood shed by Jesus for the redemption of our souls, be not shed for us in vain. We love Thee, O Mary. Embrace us and bless us, O Mother. Protect us in life and in death. Amen.
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A LITANY OF THE HOLY FACE IN REPARATION FOR BLASPHEMIES AND FOR THE CONVERSION OF BLASPHEMERS
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Lord, have mercy on us.
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Christ, have mercy on us.
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Lord, have mercy on us.
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Christ, hear us.
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Christ, graciously hear us.
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Holy Virgin Mary, pray for us.
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(After each of the following phrases, say “have mercy on us”)
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O adorable Face, which was adored with profound respect by Mary and Joseph when they saw Thee for the first time, have mercy on us.
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O adorable Face, which in the Stable of Bethlehem didst ravish with joy the angels, the shepherds and the Magi,
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O adorable Face, which in the Temple didst transpierce with a dart of love the saintly old man Simeon and the prophetess Anna,
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O adorable Face, which was bathed in tears in Thy holy infancy,
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O adorable Face, which, when Thou didst appear in the Temple at twelve years of age, didst fill with admiration the Doctors of the law,
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O adorable Face, white with purity and ruddy with charity,
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O adorable Face, more beautiful than the sun, more lovely than the moon, more brilliant than the stars,
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O adorable Face, fresher than the roses of spring,
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O adorable Face, more precious than gold, silver, and diamonds
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O adorable Face, whose charms are so ravishing, and whose grace is so attractive,
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O adorable Face, whose every feature is characterized by nobility,
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O adorable Face, contemplated by angels,
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O adorable Face, sweet delectation of the Saints,
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O adorable Face, masterpiece of the Holy Ghost, in which the Eternal Father is well pleased.
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O adorable Face, delight of Mary and Joseph,
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O adorable Face, ineffable mirror of the Divine perfections,
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O adorable Face, whose beauty is always ancient and always new,
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O adorable Face, which appeasest the wrath of God,
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O adorable Face, which makest the devils tremble,
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O adorable Face, treasure of graces and of blessings,
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O adorable Face, exposed in the desert to the inclemencies of the weather,
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O adorable Face, scorched with the heat of the sun and bathed with sweat in Thy journeys, O adorable Face, whose expression is all divine,
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O adorable Face, whose modesty and sweetness attracted both the just and sinners,
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O adorable Face, which gavest a holy kiss to the little children, after having blessed them,
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O adorable Face, troubled and weeping at the tomb of Lazarus,
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O adorable Face, brilliant as the sun, and radiant with glory on the Mountain of Tabor,
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O adorable Face, sorrowful at the sight of Jerusalem, and shedding tears on that ungrateful city,
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O adorable Face, bowed down to the earth, in the Garden of Olives, and covered with confusion for our sins,
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O adorable Face, bathed in a bloody sweat,
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O adorable Face, kissed by the traitor Judas,
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O adorable Face, whose sanctity and majesty smote the soldiers with fear and cast them to the ground,
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O adorable Face, struck by a vile servant, shamefully blindfolded, and profaned by the sacrilegious hands of Thine enemies,
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O adorable Face, defiled with spittle, and bruised by innumerable buffets and blows,
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O adorable Face, whose Divine look wounded the heart of Peter, with a dart of sorrow and love,
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O adorable Face, humbled for us at the tribunals of Jerusalem,
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O adorable Face, which didst preserve Thy serenity when Pilate pronounced the fatal sentence,
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O adorable Face, covered with sweat and blood, and falling in the mire under the heavy weight of the Cross,
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O adorable Face, worthy of all our respect, veneration and worship,
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O adorable Face, wiped with a veil by a pious woman on the road to Calvary,
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O adorable Face, raised on the instrument of most shameful punishment,
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O adorable Face, whose brow was covered with Thorns,
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O adorable Face, whose eyes were filled with tears of blood,
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O adorable Face, into whose mouth was poured gall and vinegar,
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O adorable Face, whose hair and beard were plucked out by the executioners,
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O adorable Face, which was made like to that of a leper,
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O adorable Face, whose incomparable beauty was obscured under the dreadful cloud of the sins of the world,
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O adorable Face, covered with the sad shades of death,
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O adorable Face, washed and anointed by Mary and the holy women and wrapped in a shroud,
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O adorable Face, inclosed in the sepulchre,
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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,
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O adorable Face, hidden in the Eucharist,
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O adorable Face, which will appear at the end of time, in the clouds, with great power and great majesty,
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O adorable Face, which wilt cause sinners to tremble,
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O adorable Face, which wilt fill the just with joy for all eternity,
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Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
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Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
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Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
(From the Manual of the Archconfraternity of the Holy Face 1887)
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OFFERING OF THE HOLY FACE TO APPEASE GOD’S
JUSTICE AND DRAW DOWN MERCY UPON US
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ETERNAL Father, turn away Thine angry gaze from all guilty people whose faces have become unsightly in Thine eyes. Look instead upon the face of Thy Beloved Son, for this is the Face of Him in Whom Thou art well pleased. We now offer Thee this Holy face, covered with shame and disfigured by bloody bruises, in reparation for the crimes of our age, in order to appease Thy anger, justly provoked against us. Because Thy Divine Son, our Redeemer, has taken upon His head all the sins of His people that they might be spared, we now beg of Thee, Eternal Father, to grant us mercy. Amen. 
(Archconfraternity of the Holy Face)
(3× Glory Be)
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SHORT HISTORY BREAKDOWN OF THE DEVOTION OF THE HOLY FACE
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Psalm 26:8 “My heart hath said to thee: My face hath sought Thee: Thy Face, O Lord, will I still seek.”
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33: Veronica wipes Our Lord’s face with her veil and an image of His Holy Face miraculously appears on the veil. The relic of the veil is kept safely intact throughout the centuries.
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1843-1847: Sister Mary of St. Peter, a Carmelite nun in Tours France experiences a series of revelations from Our Lord about a powerful devotion He wished to be established worldwide – the devotion to His Holy Face. The express purpose of this devotion was to make reparation for the numerous blasphemies and profanities taking place in the world but was also established as a means through which we can all appeal to God for anything we wish.
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The devotion revealed by Our Lord to Sister Mary of St. Peter consists primarily of reciting the “Golden Arrow Prayer” and the “Litany of the Holy Face”. It also consists of some additional prayers said with a chaplet (or small rosary) and wearing of a Holy Face Cross (also called “Protection Cross”) engraved with the words “Blessed be the Name of God” on the front and “Begone, Satan!” on the back.
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1849: Shortly after the death of Sister Mary of St. Peter, Pope Pius IX ordered public prayers be offered in all churches in Rome to implore God’s mercy on the Papal States due to revolution occurring at the time. As part of these public prayers, a three-day exposition of the relic of Veronica’s veil was held for public veneration at St. Peter’s Basilica. On the third day of the showing, a miracle occurred through which Our Lord’s face on the veil became very distinct and glowed with a soft light. The miracle lasted for three hours, was witnessed by crowds of people, and was attested to by an apostolic notary during the incident. That same evening copies of the effigy were made and touched to the relic of Veronica’s veil and later sent abroad.
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1849-1876: Two of the copies were sent to Leo Dupont who continued the Holy Face devotion on his own throughout the rest of his life until 1876. Leo Dupont hung one of these images in his parlor and kept a crystal oil lamp in front of it, lit continuously as a sign of veneration. Soon afterward miracles of healings started to occur to those who said the devotion with Leo Dupont (“Golden Arrow Prayer”, the “Litany of the Holy Face”) and who anointed themselves with oil from his lamp. These miracles continued for 30 years and were so numerous that Pope Pius IX declared Leo Dupont to be perhaps one of the greatest miracle workers in Church history!
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1885: This special devotion was also established by Pope Leo XIII as an arch confraternity; and contrary to custom, He immediately established it for the ENTIRE WORLD.
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1885-1897: It was a well-known fact the St. Therese of Lisieux and her family registered as members of the Archconfraternity of Reparation to the Holy Face at Tours France and that St. Therese herself was so devoted to this that she added the title to her name at the time she took the habit. This is why you will often see her referred to as St. Therese of the Child Jesus “and of the Holy Face”.
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1900-1945: Mother Pierina, a holy nun who died in 1945, was urged in many visions by the Blessed Mother and Jesus Himself to spread the devotion to the Holy Face, in reparation for the many insults Jesus suffered in His Passion, such as to be slapped, spit upon and kissed by Judas, as well as now being dishonored in many ways in the Blessed Sacrament by neglect, sacrileges and profanations.
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She was given a medal, which on one side bore a replica of the Holy Shroud and the inscription: “Illumina, Domine, vultum tuum super nos”. – Ps. 66-I “May, O Lord, the light of Thy countenance shine upon us”.) On the reverse side was a radiant Host, with the words, “Mane nobiscum, Domine”. – “Stay with us, O Lord”. Many attach the Protection Cross with the Holy Face medal (you can wear the Holy Face Scapular instead of the Holy Face medal). It should be noted that the Holy Face Protection Cross is exclusively to be worn by members of the Arch confraternity of the Holy Face, while the Holy Face medal or scapular is for anyone who feels called to this devotion in any capacity.
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After great difficulties, Sister Pierina obtained permission to have the medal cast. Even the expenses for the casting were miraculously met when she found on her desk an envelope with the exact amount of the bill – 11,2000 lire.
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1940: When the Second World War had the world in turmoil, Italy saw a wide distribution of the medal: soldiers, sailors and pilots were provided with the replica of the Holy Face since the medal was already famous for its miracles and countless spiritual and temporal favors.
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The very first medal of the Holy Face was offered to our glorious Pontiff, Pius XII; then the whole world became acquainted with this special object of holy favors and devotion. No soldier taken as a prisoner of war, and who wore the medal was ever executed. Our Blessed Lord requested that a special feast be instituted to honor His Holy Face on Shrove Tuesday.
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1958: Pope St. Pius XII obeyed and had this day set aside to honor the Holy Face.
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PROMISES OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST

Revelations to Sr. Mary of St. Peter, 
Discalced Carmelite Nun of Tours, France, in favor of those who honor His Holy Face. Details of these revelations are found in the book named The Golden Arrow (the autobiography of Sister Mary of St. Peter)

1. By offering My Face to My Eternal Father, nothing will be refused, and the conversion of many sinners will be obtained.
2. By My Holy Face, they will work wonders, appease the anger of God and draw down mercy on sinners.
3. All those who honor My Face in a spirit of reparation will by so doing perform the office of the pious Veronica.
4. According to the care they take in making reparation to My Face disfigured by blasphemers, so will I take care of their souls which have been disfigured by sin. My Face is the Seal of the Divinity, which has the virtue of reproducing in souls the image of God.
5. Those who by words, prayers or writings defend My cause in the Work of Reparation, especially My priests, I will defend before My Father, and will give them My Kingdom.
6. As in a kingdom they can procure all that is desired with a coin stamped with the King’s effigy, so in the Kingdom of Heaven they will obtain all they desire with the precious coin of My Holy Face.
7. Those who on earth contemplate the wounds of My Face shall in Heaven behold it radiant with glory.
8. They will receive in their souls a bright and constant irradiation of My Divinity, that by their likeness to My Face they shall shine with particular splendor in Heaven.
9. I will defend them, I will preserve them and I assure them of Final Perseverance.

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