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Devotion to the
Holy Face of Jesus

  

For information, Chaplet, prayers, or to schedule a presentation,
please call (810) 721-7038.
Please do not contact the parish or pastor directly or via email.

 

 

 

From the original English translation of the
Manual of the Archconfraternity of the Holy Face, 1887

 

 

A Work of Reparation


 

 

 

 

A Brief History of the Devotion

 

Sister Marie de Saint-Pierre

   In the 1840s, Sr. Marie de Saint-Pierre, a Carmelite nun in Tours, France, received a series of revelations from Our Lord, requesting this devotion to make reparation for the numerous blasphemies and profanities against God.

   "I seek Veronicas to wipe and venerate My Divine Face, which has but few adorers."

   "Through this Holy Face you will obtain the conversion of many sinners. Nothing that you ask in virtue of the Holy Face will be refused you."

   He gave her the Golden Arrow Prayer, by which one can "shoot directly into the heart of God", to heal the wounds inflicted by the malice of sinners.*

   Before she died, Sr. Marie shared these five years of revelations with her bishop, and also a friend, Leo Dupont.

   Shortly after her death, due to a revolution occurring at the time, Pope Pius IX ordered public prayers be offered in all churches in Rome, including a 3-day exposition of the relic of Veronica's Veil at St. Peter's Basilica. On the third day, a miracle occurred: Our Lord's face on the veil became very distinct and glowed with a soft light. The Basilica's bells rang at the sight of this miracle; it lasted for three hours, and was attested to by an apostolic notary and documented in the daybook of the Basilica.

Sr. Marie de Saint-Pierre

Venerable Leo Dupont

   Leo Dupont was a retired lawyer in Tours, France. He obtained one of the Veil relics from the Vatican, and placed it on the mantle in his parlor, keeping a crystal oil lamp continuously burning in veneration. He privately prayed the Holy Face prayers which he received from Sr. Marie.

   Friends and family joined him, and some would anoint themselves with oil from the lamp, praying for healings. Miraculous healings occurred and his parlor soon became a place of pilgrimage. These miracles continued for 30 years, (even after Leo's death), and Pope Pius IX declared him to be perhaps one of the greatest miracle workers in Church history.

   Leo's house was turned into the Oratory of the Holy Face. Archbishop Colet approved of an order of priests called the Priests of the Holy Face to administer to the chapel.

   Ven. Leo Dupont's efforts in spreading the Devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus are chronicled in the book The Holy Man of Tours, by Dorothy Scallan.

The Golden Arrow Prayer

May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable, most incomprehensible and ineffable Name of God, be for ever 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.

Pope Leo XIII

  In 1885, Pope Leo XIII, in light of these revelations and miraculous occurrences, established this devotion by papal brief, as an Archconfraternity. Contrary to custom, he established it immediately for the entire world and not just a diocese or region.

 
Pope Saint Pius X

   In 1910, Pope Saint Pius X approved the Feast of the Image of the Holy Face, with Rite of greater Double in the Third Feria, after the Sunday of Quinquagesima, (Shrove Tuesday-the day before Ash Wednesday), for the Diocese of Cambrai, France.

 
Blessed Maria Pierina

   In the 1930s, Blessed Maria Pierina De Micheli, an Italian nun and visionary, was urged by the Blessed Mother and Jesus Himself, to spread this devotion.
   She was given a medal to cast: On one side was the Holy Shroud with the inscription "Illumina, Domine, vultum tuum super nos", (May, O Lord, the light of Thy countenance shine upon us); on the reverse, a radiant Host, with "Mane nobiscum, Domine" (Stay with us, O Lord).

   "I promise personal and spiritual protection to all who venerate this medal." - Our Lord to Bl. Maria Pierina

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Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

   Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and her family were registered as members of the Archconfraternity of Reparation to the Holy Face at Tours, France. She was so devoted to the Holy Face that she added the title to her name when she took the habit. This is why you will, many times, see her referred to as St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face.

 
Sisters of Reparation of the Holy Face

   The Benedictine Congregation of the Sisters of Reparation of the Holy Face of Our Lord Jesus Christ was founded in 1950, whose aim is an "unceasing effort to stand beside the endless crosses on which the Son of God continues to be crucified".

 
   
   
   
   
*  The Golden Arrow: The Revelations of Sr. Mary of St. Peter, TAN Books  
   

 

 
   
 

For information, Chaplet, prayers, or to schedule a presentation, please call (810) 721-7038. Please do not contact the parish or pastor directly or via email.