“Nothing whatsoever will be refused to us” through the Holy Face
Prayers to the Holy Face
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 recognise 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 Thine 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.
Jesus, Who in Thy bitter Passion didst become ‘the reproach of men and the Man of Sorrows’, I venerate Thy Holy Face on which shone the beauty and gentleness of the Divinity. In those disfigured features I recognise Thine infinite Love, and I long to love Thee and to make Thee loved. May I behold Thy Glorious Face in Heaven! Amen.
Canticle to The Holy Face of Jesus:
Dear Jesus! ‘tis Thy Holy Face
Is here the start that guides my way;
Thy countenance, so full of grace,
Is heaven on earth, for me, to-day.
And love finds holy charms for me
In Thy sweet eyes with tear-drops wet;
Through mine own tears I smile at Thee,
And in Thy griefs my pains forget.
How gladly would I live unknown,
Thus to console Thy aching heart.
Thy veiled beauty, it is shown
To those who live from earth apart.
I long to fly to Thee alone!
Thy Face is now my fatherland, —
The radiant sunshine of my days, —
My realm of love, my sunlit land,
Where, all life long, I sing Thy praise;
It is the lily of the vale,
Whose mystic perfume, freely given,
Brings comfort, when I faint and fail,
And makes me taste the peace of heaven.
Thy Face, in its unearthly grace,
Is like the divinest myrrh to me,
That on my heart I gladly place;
It is my lyre of melody;
My rest — my comfort — is Thy Face.
My only wealth, Lord! is Thy Face;
I ask naught else than this from Thee;
Hid in the secret of that Face,
The more I shall resemble Thee!
Oh, leave on me some impress faint
Of Thy sweet, humble, patient Face,
And soon I shall become a saint,
And draw men to Thy saving grace.
So, in the secret of Thy Face,
Oh! hide me, hide me, Jesus blest!
There let me find its hidden grace,
Its holy fires, and, in heaven’s rest,
Its rapturous kiss, in Thy embrace!
St. Therese of Lisieux, August 12, 1895.
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.
Prayer of Bl. 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 vigour 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.
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Litany of the Holy Face:
Here are both abbreviated and complete versions of the Litany of the Holy Face, composed by Sr. Mary St. Peter. Recommended to be recited on Tuesdays and Sundays, particularly in front of the Blessed Sacrament.
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Dear Lord, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary I (we) offer Thee these prayers in reparation for the sins which offend God the most in these modern times – the sins of blasphemy and the profanation of Sunday and Thine Holy Days of Obligation. Amen.
Our Father … Hail Mary … Glory Be …
Prayer to offer the Holy Face of Jesus to God the Father:
Almighty and Eternal Father, since it has pleased Our Divine Saviour to reveal to mankind in modern times the power residing in His Holy Face, we now avail ourselves of this treasure in our great need.
Since our Saviour Himself promised that by offering to Thee His Holy Face disfigured in the Passion we can procure the settlement of all the affairs of our household, and that nothing whatsoever will be refused to us, we now come before Thy throne.
Eternal Father, turn away Thy angry gaze from our guilty people whose face has 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 His Holy face covered with blood, sweat, dust, spittle and shame, in reparation for the worst crimes of our age, which are atheism, blasphemy and the desecration of Thine holy days.
We thus hope to appease Thy anger justly provoked against us. The All-Merciful Advocate opens His mouth to plead our cause; listen to His cries, behold His tears, O God, and through the merits of His Holy Face, hearken to Him when He intercedes for us poor miserable sinners.
Litany (abbreviated version):
I salute Thee, I adore Thee and I love Thee, O adorable Face of Jesus, my Beloved, noble Seal of the Divinity! outraged anew by blasphemers. I offer Thee, through the heart of Thy blessed Mother, the worship of all the Angels and Saints, most humbly beseeching Thee to repair and renew in me and in all men Thine Image disfigured by sin.
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)
O Adorable Face which ravished with joy, in the stable of Bethlehem, the Angels, the shepherds and the Magi, (*)
O Adorable Face which transpierced with a dart of love in the Temple, the saintly old man Simeon and the prophetess Anna, (*)
O Adorable Face which filled with admiration the Doctors of the Law when Thou appeared in the Temple at the age of twelve years, (*)
O Adorable Face which possesses beauty always ancient and always new, (*)
O Adorable Face which is the masterpiece of the Holy Ghost, in which the Eternal Father is well pleased, (*)
O Adorable Face which is the ineffable mirror of the Divine Perfections, (*)
O Adorable Face of Jesus which was so mercifully bowed down on the Cross, on the day of Thy Passion, for the salvation of the world! Once more today in pity bend down towards us poor sinners. Cast upon us a glance of compassion and give us Thy peace.
O Adorable Face which became brilliant like the sun and radiant with glory, on the Mountain of Tabor, (*)
O Adorable Face which wept and was troubled at the tomb of Lazarus, (*)
O Adorable Face which was rendered sad at the sight of Jerusalem, and shed tears on that ungrateful city, (*)
O Adorable Face which was bowed down to the ground in the Garden of Olives, and covered with confusion for our sins, (*)
O Adorable Face which was covered with the sweat of blood, (*)
O Adorable Face which was struck by a vile servant, covered with a veil of shame, and profaned by the sacrilegious hands of Thine enemies, (*)
O Adorable Face which by Its divine glance, wounded the heart of St. Peter with a dart of sorrow and love, (*)
Be merciful to us, O my God! Do not reject our prayers, when in the midst of our afflictions, we call upon Thy Holy Name and seek with love and confidence Thine adorable Face.
O Adorable Face which was washed and anointed by Mary and the holy women and covered with a shroud, (*)
O Adorable Face which was all resplendent with glory and beauty on the day of the Resurrection, (*)
O Adorable Face which is hidden in the Eucharist, (*)
O Adorable Face which will appear at the end of time in the clouds with great power and great majesty, (*)
O Adorable Face which will make sinners tremble, (*)
O Adorable Face which will fill the just with joy for all eternity, (*)
O Adorable Face which merits all our reverence, our homage and our adoration, (*)
O Lord, show us Thy Face, and we shall be saved!
O Lord, show us Thy Face, and we shall be saved!
O Lord, show us Thy Face, and we shall be saved!
Litany (complete version):
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.
O Adorable Face, which wast worshipped with a profound respect by Mary and Joseph, when they beheld It for the first time, (* have mercy on us)
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 Thine 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 characterised 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 St. 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 maketh 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 clouds, 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.
Oh Jesus, through the Merits of Thy Holy Face, have pity on us and on the whole world! (3 times)
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Short Prayers & Invocations
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Adorable Face of Thy Beloved Son Jesus for the honour and glory of Thy Name, for the conversion of sinners, and the salvation of the dying.
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; The Lord gives unto Moses a prayer for the children of Israel)
May I die consumed by an ardent thirst to see the adorable Face of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!
Lord, grant me light to contemplate the beauty of Thy Face now and for all eternity.
O Jesus, through the merits of Thy Holy Face, have pity on us and on the whole world. (x3)
May, O Lord, the light of Thy Countenance shine upon us.
(Illumina, Domine, vultum tuum super nos; Psalm 66:1 DRB; Holy Face Medal front inscription)
Stay with us, O Lord.
(Mane nobiscum, Domine; Holy Face Medal reverse inscription)
O Lord, show us Thy Face and we shall be saved! (x3)
Mother Mary, pray for us
St. Joseph, pray for us
Sts. Anne and Joachim, pray for us
St. John the Baptist, pray for us
St. Jude, pray for us
St. Gertrude, pray for us
St. Mechtilde, pray for us
St. Therese, pray for us
St. Padre Pio, pray for us
St. Gaetano Catanoso, pray for us
Pope St. Pius X, pray for us
Bl. Pope Pius IX, pray for us
Bl. Columba Marmion, pray for us
Bl. Ildephonsus Cardinal Shuster, pray for us
Bl. Maria Pia Mastena, pray for us
Ven. Leo Dupont, pray for us
Ven. Pope Pius XII, pray for us
Servant of God Ildebrando Gregori, pray for us
Servant of God Fr. Domenico da Cese, pray for us
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Some of the most beautiful prayers to the Holy Face of Jesus were composed by the famous 19th century nun, St. Therese of Lisieux, the ‘Little Flower’. A cloistered Carmelite nun, she is best known for her ‘Little Way’ to Heaven which calls us to perform domestic errands and chores with faithful obedience, sacrifice and patience, and to be generous and loving to those around us (especially those we find trying).
Devoted to Our Lord with childlike purity and innocence, St. Therese was canonised in 1925, just 28 years after her death, and declared the 33rd Doctor of The Church by Pope St. John Paul II in 1997. Her Feast Day is October 1st.
Be sure to gaze with love and consolation at the Holy Face of Jesus for as you love your child’s face, so too does Our Father in Heaven Love His. Great graces are promised to those who regularly practise and spread the devotion to The Holy Face of Jesus. The great saint Padre Pio made a habit of distributing medals of The Holy Face, referring to them as “Your entrance ticket to Heaven!” Request you free medal here.
Information on the Chaplet of The Holy Face of Jesus can be found here.
Information on the Novena to The Holy Face can be found here. This can be prayed for petitions at any time, though is particularly recommended for commencement on Shrove Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday).