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Chaplet of the Holy Face

Fr. Scott Haynes



The purpose of the Chaplet of the Holy Face of Jesus is to honor the five senses of Our Blessed Savior. We ask our good God for the triumph of His Church, as well as to thwart evil and the snares of the devil. This Chaplet is composed of a cross, a Holy Face medal, and thirty-nine beads, six which are single beads, and thirty-three beads which are grouped into five sections of six beads each. History Our Lord revealed the powerful devotion of His Holy Face to French Discalced Carmelite nun Sr. Mary of St. Peter in the mid-1800s. Jesus asked that she spread the devotion in reparation for the blasphemies against God and the profanation of Sunday. Many saints honored the Holy Face of Jesus, including St. Therese of Lisieux. Pope Leo XIII also established an Archconfraternity of the Holy Face in 1887. The Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Face of Jesus each year on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Nine Promises for those praying the Chaplet of the Holy Face Jesus presented nine promises to those who honor his Holy Face: 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. How to Pray the Little Chaplet of the Holy Face Several reparation prayers honor the Holy Face of Jesus. However, this Little Chaplet is quick and powerful. Christ revealed this chaplet to Sr. Mary St. Peter “to battle the enemies of God, especially communists.” It honors each of Jesus’ five senses. While meditating upon his senses, Jesus asks us to meditate upon his wounded Holy Face. If you do not have the cross beads, feel free to count another way. The Lord hears you, even without the beads! The thirty-three grouped beads represent the thirty-three years of the mortal life of Our Lord.

The first thirty recall to mind the thirty years of his private life, and are divided into five groups of six beads with the intention of honoring the five senses of Jesus; touch, hearing, sight, smell, and taste, and of rendering homage to all the sufferings which Our Lord endured to His Face through each of these senses during His Passion.

The single bead preceding each of the grouped beads, is in honor of the specific sense which it is intended to honor.

The group of three beads recall to mind the public life of Our Savior.

The "Glory Be to the Father" is said seven times throughout the Chaplet to honor the seven words of Jesus upon the Cross, and to honor the seven sorrows of Immaculate Mary. The Little Chaplet of the Holy Face

1. On the cross, make the Sign of the Cross and pray: "O God, come to my assistance; O Lord make haste to help me. Glory be..."

2. On the single bead, in honor of the sense of touch of Jesus, pray: "My Jesus Mercy," followed by the "Glory be..." 3. Pray on each of the six beads: "Arise, O Lord! and let Thy enemies be scattered, and let them that hate Thee flee from before Thy Face." 4. On the single bead, in honor of the sense of hearing of Jesus, pray: "My Jesus Mercy," followed by the "Glory be..." 5. Pray on each of the six beads: "Arise, O Lord! and let Thy enemies be scattered, and let them that hate Thee flee from before Thy Face." 6. On the single bead, in honor of the sense of sight of Jesus, pray: "My Jesus Mercy," followed by the "Glory be..." 7. Pray on each of the six beads: "Arise, O Lord! and let Thy enemies be scattered, and let them that hate Thee flee from before Thy Face." 8. On the single bead, in honor of the sense of smell of Jesus, pray: "My Jesus Mercy," followed by the "Glory be..." 9. Pray on each of the six beads: "Arise, O Lord! and let Thy enemies be scattered, and let them that hate Thee flee from before Thy Face." 10. On the single bead, in honor of the sense of taste of Jesus, pray: "My Jesus Mercy," followed by the "Glory be..." 11. Pray on each of the six beads: "Arise, O Lord! and let Thy enemies be scattered, and let them that hate Thee flee from before Thy Face." 12. Pray on the single bead: "My Jesus Mercy," followed by the "Glory be..." 13. Pray on the three beads: "Arise, O Lord! and let Thy enemies be scattered, and let them that hate Thee flee from before Thy Face." 14. The chaplet is concluded by saying on the Holy Face: "God, our Protector, look on us and look on the Face of Thy Christ."

Concluding prayers

May God arise and let His enemies be scattered and let those who hate Him flee before His Face! May the thrice Holy Name of God overthrow all their plans! May the Holy Name of the Living God split them up by disagreements! May the terrible Name of the God of Eternity stamp out all their godlessness! Lord, I do not desire the death of the sinner, but that he be converted and live. “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”

Golden Arrow Prayer

“May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable, most incomprehensible and unutterable Name of God be always 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.” (The “Golden Arrow” Prayer) Note: According to Sr. Mary of St. Peter’s revelations, “after receiving this prayer, Sister Mary of St. Peter was given a vision in which she saw the Sacred Heart of Jesus delightfully wounded by this ‘Golden Arrow,’ as torrents of graces streamed from It far the conversion of sinners.”

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