Devotion to the Holy Face
The devotion to the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ and particularly to His Holy Face is one of the oldest in the Christian tradition. This venerable devotion was practiced by such great saints as St. Augustine of Hippo, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Gertrude the Great, St. Mechtilde, St. Edmund, St. Bonaventure and St. Therese of Lisieux.
Beginning in 1844, Our Lord appeared to Sr. Mary of St. Peter and expressed His desire that whole world should know and practice this devotion in reparation for man’s blasphemy. Through the efforts of Sr. Mary St. Peter, Ven. Leo DuPont and countless others, this devotion has become one of the most loved, and remains one of the most needed in our time.
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 all men. Prayer of Pope Blsd. Pius IX.
THE GOLDEN ARROW PRAYER
May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable, most incomprehensbile, and unutterable Name of God be always praised, blessed, loved, adored and glorified, in Heaven, on earth, and in the hells, by all the creatures of God, and by the Sacred Heart of the Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Amen.
“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.”
“My heart hath said to thee: My face hath sought Thee: Thy Face, O Lord, will I still seek.”
“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.”
“Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered: and let them that hate Him flee from before His Face.”
“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.”
I Corinthians 13:12