HOLY FACE MEDAL
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OF THE MEDAL
medal of the Holy Face of Jesus was requested by Our Blessed Mother
to Sr. Maria Pierina De Micheli in March 1938. It was requested
as a “weapon of defense, a shield of courage, a guarantee
of love and of mercy in these times of sexuality and hatred towards
God and the Church.” Taken
from: Association of the Holy Face Web Site
medal has a twofold message for us. On the front we see an image
of the Face of Jesus (based on the Turin Shroud) and around the
border the inscription in Latin, "illumina Domine Vultum
Tuum super nos" (may the light of your Face, O Lord,
shine upon us).
On the reverse side of the medal is a Host surrounded by rays, with
the following words: "Mane nobiscum Domine”
(Stay with us, O Lord). It signifies the Holy Eucharist, our greatest
act of worship. Jesus remains with us in the Sacrament of the Holy
Eucharist and He is present at all times in the form of the consecrated
Host in the Tabernacles of our churches - waiting for a visit from
us to keep Him company.
The medal was made in all its details under the supervision of Sister
Maria Pierina in 1940. (see below)
those who shall wear this medal and make a visit to the Blessed
Sacrament every Tuesday, if they can, they will have a happy death
under the loving gaze of my Divine Son" - promise made to Sr.
Maria Pierina from the Blessed Virgin Mary. back
STORY OF THE MEDAL
The Holy Face medal was given to us in 1940 through
a devout Italian nun, Sister Maria Pierina. Mother
Pierina was born "Giuseppina de Micheli", in a small town
near Milan, Italy. In 1916, when still a young
girl, she entered the religious congregation of the Daughters
of the Immaculate Conception. From childhood Giuseppina
had a deep devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus in its sorrowful aspect,
especially as it is seen on the Shroud of Turin.
first mystical experiences of the Holy Face began in 1916 and continued
until her death in 1945.
origins of the medal of the Holy Face go back to the night of the
first Friday in Lent 1936. During her prayers that night, Sister
Pierina had a vision of the Lord Jesus, who spoke these words to
wish that my Face, which reflects the deep pains of my soul,
the sorrow and love of my heart, be better honoured. Whoever
contemplates me consoles me”.
A few weeks later, on the Tuesday of holy week, Christ again appeared
to her, appealing for devotion to his Holy Face, and promising now:
time my Face is contemplated I will pour out my love into the
heart of those persons, and by means of my Holy Face the salvation
of many souls will be obtained”.
a revelation the following year, 1937, Our Lord told Sister Pierina:
contemplating my Face participate in my sorrow. They feel the necessity
of love and reparation. Is not this the true devotion to my heart?”
Maria’s mystical experiences became more frequent and more
intense, until in May 1938 she had
a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary who was carrying
a scapular in her hands. One panel of the scapular
had the Holy Face of Jesus on it, and the words
O Lord, the light of thy face shine upon us”.
other panel had an image of the communion host (the ‘blessed
sacrament’) surrounded by rays of light, and the words
with us, Lord”.
Mary told Sister Pierina that people should wear such a scapular,
because our age is a time of "lust,
and hatred of God and his Church”; that the Devil has
cast a net over the world to wrench the Faith from people’s
hearts; that evils abound and that true disciples of Jesus are very
few. She said:
remedy is the Holy Face of Jesus”,
and the scapular would be for us “an
armour of defense, a shield of strength … a token of love
Our Lady made certain promises to those who would wear the
scapular, visit the Blessed Sacrament on Tuesdays to console
our Lord for the injuries to his Holy Face, and receive holy communion
each day: such people are assured that they
1. will be strengthened in faith;
2. will be prompted to defend the faith and quick to overcome
all their trials, internal and external;
3. will have a peaceful death under the loving gaze of her Divine
Pierina wanted to do what Our Lady asked concerning the scapular,
but she didn’t have the confidence to set about it, or know
exactly how it could be achieved.
was still mulling over these things when Jesus appeared to her again,
and again revealed his sorrow through the wounds and sufferings
of his Holy Face.
He told her that he wanted a special Feast on Shrove Tuesday
(the day before Ash Wednesday) in honour of his Holy Face,
to be preceded by a Novena
(9 days) of prayers.
The following year, 1939, he appeared again, renewing his requests
and repeating: “I
wish that my Holy Face be honoured in a particular manner on Tuesdays”.
By now Sister Pierina was very anxious to have the scapular made,
and spread devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus. With help from her
Spiritual Director, she was able to arrange for copies of photographs
of the Holy Shroud to be used in the casting of a medal. The designs
of the two panels of the scapular were used for the front and back
of the medal.
exact sum of money needed for the work appeared miraculously on
her desk one day, in an envelope from out of nowhere. Getting the
medal cast was the best she could do, though she worried because
it was not a scapular as Our Lady had requested.*
The very first medal was presented to Pope Pius XII,
who at once welcomed and approved the devotion and the medal.
April 17th 1958 the Pope instituted a Mass of the Holy
Face to be said on Shrove Tuesday, and also approved
the Novena to the Holy Face to be said before
medal has now spread all around the world. Countless
cures, miracles and conversions
are constantly reported
through the wearing of it
and the practise of devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus.
April 1943, the Blessed Virgin again appeared to Sister Pierina,
and assured her that it was not important that people were wearing
a medal rather than a scapular, and that all the promises still
held good: “My daughter, be calm. The scapulars have been
substituted by the medals, with the same promises and favours”
MADE TO THOSE WHO PRACTICE DEVOTION TO THE HOLY FACE
promises are compiled from several sources, including the works of
St. Gertrude, St. Mechtilde and from the writings of Sister Maria
de Saint-Pierre, a Carmelite who died at Tours, France in year?.
I will grant them contrition so perfect that their
very sins shall be changed in My sight into jewels of precious gold.
None of these persons shall ever be separated from Me.
In offering My Face to My Father, they will appease His anger and
they will purchase as with celestial coin, pardon for poor sinners.
I will open My mouth to plead with My Father to grant all the petitions
that they will present to Me.
I will illuminate them with My light, I will consume them with My
love and I will render them fruitful of good works.
They will, as the pious Veronica, wipe My adorable Face outraged
by sin, and I will imprint My divine Features in their souls.
At their death, I will renew in them the image of God effaced by
By resemblance to My Face, they will shine more than many others
in eternal life and the brilliancy of My Face will fill them with
page on Marie Pierre, for
promises given specifically to her.
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