HOLY FACE OF OUR LORD – PRAYERS AND DEVOTIONS

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            Prayers and Devotions in honor of  the Holy                             Face of our Lord Jesus Christ          

                       Feast Day – Shrove Tuesday

                                         Novena Prayer

O Lord Jesus Christ, in presenting ourselves before Thine adorable Face, to ask of Thee the graces of which we stand in most need, we beseech Thee above all, to grant us that interior disposition of never refusing at any time to what Thou requirest of us by Thy holy commandments and divine inspirations. Amen. O Good Jesus, who hadst said, “Ask and you shall receive, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you,” grant us O Lord, that faith which obtains all, or supply in us what may be deficient; grant us, by the pure effect of Thy charity, and for Thine eternal glory, the graces which we need and which we look from Thine infinite mercy. Amen.

Be merciful to us, O my God, and reject not our prayers, when amid our afflictions, we call upon Thy Holy Name and seek with love and confidence Thine adorable Face. Amen.

O Almighty and Eternal God, look upon the Face of Thy Son Jesus. We present It to Thee with confidence to implore Thy pardon. The All-Merciful Advocate opens His mouth to plead our cause; hearken to His cries, behold His tears, O God, and through His infinite merits, hearken to Him when He intercedes for us poor miserable sinners. Amen.

Adorable Face of Jesus, my only love, my light, and my life, grant that I may know Thee, love Thee and serve Thee alone, that I may live with Thee, of Thee, by Thee and for Thee. Amen.

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the adorable Face of Thy Beloved Son for the honor and glory of Thy Name, for the conversion of sinners and the salvation of the dying. O Divine Jesus, through Thy Face and Name, save us. Our Hope is in the virtue of Thy Holy Name! Amen.

             Invocations of the Holy Face

                                       (Private Use)

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O Jesus, whose Adorable Face Mary and Joseph worshiped with profoundest reverence, Have mercy on us.

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face ravished with joy the angels, shepherds and Magi in the stable of Bethlehem, Have mercy on us.

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face wounded with a dart of love the aged Simeon and the Prophetess Anna in the temple, Have mercy on us.

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face was bathed in tears in Thy holy infancy, Have mercy on us.

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face at the age of twelve astonished the doctors in the temple, Have mercy on us.

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face is white with purity and ruddy with charity, Have mercy on us.

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face is more beautiful than the sun, brighter than the moon and more brilliant than the stars, Have mercy on us.

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face is lovelier than the roses of spring, Have mercy on us.

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face is more precious than gold, silver and gems, Have mercy on us.

O Jesus, the charms and grace of whose Adorable Face win all hearts, Have mercy on us.

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face is most noble in Its heavenly features, Have mercy on us.

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face is the admiration of angels, Have mercy on us.

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face is the sweet delight of the saints, Have mercy on us.

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face is the masterpiece of the Holy Ghost in which the Father is well pleased, Have mercy on us.

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face was the delight of Thy Virgin Mother and of Thy holy foster-father St. Joseph, Have mercy on us.

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face is the ineffable mirror of Divine perfections, Have mercy on us.

O Jesus, the beauty of whose Adorable Face is ever ancient and ever new, Have mercy on us.

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face appeases the Divine wrath, Have mercy on us.

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face is the terror of the evil spirits, Have mercy on us.

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face is the treasure of graces and blessings, Have mercy on us.

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face was exposed to the inclemency of the weather in the desert, Have mercy on us.

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face was scorched by the sun and bathed in sweat on Thy journeys, Have mercy on us.

O Jesus, the expression of whose Adorable Face is wholly Divine, Have mercy on us.

O Jesus, the modesty and mildness of whose Adorable Face attracted both just and sinners, Have mercy on us.

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face gave a holy kiss and blessing to the little children, Have mercy on us.

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face sorrowed and wept at the grave of Lazarus, Have mercy on us.

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face was brilliant as the sun and radiant with glory on Mount Thabor, Have mercy on us.

V. The light of Thy Face has been shed upon us, O Lord,

R. Thou hast given joy to our hearts.

                                LET US PRAY

I salute Thee, I adore Thee, I love Thee, O Adorable Face of Jesus, my Beloved, noble seal of the Divinity! With all the powers of my soul, I apply myself to Thee, and most humbly pray Thee imprint in us all the features of Thy Divine likeness. Amen.

Approved for private use by Pope Pius IX, Jan. 27, 1853. 

                    Praises of the Holy Face

Blessed be Jesus!

Blessed be the Holy Face of Jesus!

Blessed be the Holy Face in the majesty and beauty of Its heavenly features!

Blessed be the Holy Face through the words which issued from Its Divine mouth!

Blessed be the Holy Face through all the glances of Its Adorable eyes!

Blessed be the Holy Face in the transfiguration of Thabor!

Blessed be the Holy Face in the fatigues of Its apostolate!

Blessed be the Holy Face in the bloody sweat of the agony!

Blessed be the Holy Face in the humiliations of the Passion!

Blessed be the Holy Face in the sufferings of death!

Blessed be the Holy Face in the splendor of the resurrection!

Blessed be the Holy Face in the glory of light eternal!

 

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