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The following can be used, in variations, as devotions to the Holy Face. See, Promises attaching to devotion to the Holy Face.

Common Prayers used in Chaplets, Devotions and Novenas

The 'Our Father'
Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive
those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
The 'Hail Mary'
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, mother of God,
Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.
The 'Glory Be'
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, World without end.

Traditional Catholic Prayers
- from St Anthony's Treasury, a compendium of traditional prayers which have Ecclesiastical approval. (church approval)

Excerpt on the purpose of devotion to the Holy Face.

"The principal object of the devotion to the Holy Face is to offer respectful love and homage to the adorable Face of Jesus, disfigured in the Passion; to make reparation for blasphemy and the neglect of Sunday; and lastly, to obtain from God the conversion of sinners.

This touching devotion, which Our Lord himself seems to have instituted on the day of his death by imprinting miraculously the traces of his blood-stained features on the veil of Veronica, has always been known and practised in the Church.

The Holy Veil, carefully preserved at Rome in the Vatican Basilica, receives many honours and marks of confidence. It is exposed several times a year to the veneration of the Faithful." [ St Anthony's Treasury, p.184]

Prayer of Pope Pius IX

"O my Jesus, cast upon us a look of mercy;
turn your Face towards each of us, as you did to Veronica:
not that we may see it with our bodily eyes, for this we do not deserve;
but turn it towards our hearts, so that remembering thee, we may ever draw from this fountain of strength the vigour necessary to sustain the combats of life. Amen" [St. Anthony's Treasury, p.184]

Traditional Invocations to the Holy Face
1. Adorable Face of Jesus, before whom the angels fall down, may you be known, loved and adored by the whole world.
2. Sacred Face of Jesus, I desire to love and honour you more and more, in reparation for the many sins committed before you.
3. Sacred Face of Jesus, I desire to make loving reparation to you for the traitorous kiss of Judas, for the injuries and insults you received in your Passion, and for so many sins that have been daily committed against you since.
4. Adorable Face of God-made-Man, I offer you the love of my poor heart, in union with that of all the Blessed, in reparation for the blasphemies that will be uttered against you this day.
5. O Sacred Face of Jesus, I offer you the looks of adoring love with which Mary and Joseph gazed on you on earth, in reparation for the coldness of men, so few of whom honour you.
6. Adorable Face of Jesus, I offer you the songs of praise with which the Saints and Angels worship you, in reparation for all the dishonour you endured on earth.
Anonymous Prayers

I salute you, I adore you, I love you, O sacred Face of Jesus, saviour of Mankind -
outraged anew by blasphemies,
profaned in the blessed sacrament,
insulted by the abominations committed before you;

And I offer you through the heart of your Blessed Mother, the worship of all the Angels and Saints, as sweet incense in your sight;

Humbly imploring you by virtue of that Look with which you regarded fallen man and resolved to raise him up to the kiss of Peace with you, to renew in our souls your image, so disfigured by sin. Amen.

O Adorable Face of Jesus, so mercifully bowed down on the Cross on the day of your Passion, for the salvation of the world;
Turn in your pity now towards poor sinners;
Cast upon us a look of compassion,
And receive us with the kiss of Peace. Amen.

Prayer From the Mass of the Holy Face
Lord Jesus Christ, whose Holy Face hidden in your Passion
shines like the sun in its splendour,
grant us, who unite ourselves on earth to your sufferings,
to rejoice in heaven in the revelation of your glory. Amen.

Prayer from website of Association of the Holy Shroud

O Lord Jesus, who by a singular prodigy did leave for us upon the Holy Shroud the imprint of Your most Holy Body, so cruelly tortured and put to death for our salvation, together with the Image of Your most Holy Face, that wicked men by wounds and blows disfigured;
grant us through the merits of your many sufferings, that by venerating on earth the image of Your Holy Face, upon which the very Angels long to gaze, we may be made worthy to contemplate it forever in heaven. Amen.

From various Psalms and Hymns
(Psalm numbers are from the Catholic Bible, in other versions the psalms may be one number later: i.e. psalm 79 in this list, may be psalm 80 in some versions)

Psalm 104, v.4

"Constantly seek his Face"

Numbers 6 v.24
God's solemn blessing on his people (given by Moses):

"The Lord bless thee and keep thee,
The Lord make his Face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee;
The Lord lift up his Countenance upon thee,
And give thee Peace"

Psalm 83, v.10
"Behold, O God Our Protector,
And Look On The Face Of Thy Christ"
Psalm 83, v.10 (Modern)
"Turn your eyes, O God, our shield,
look on the Face of your Anointed"
Psalm 79, v.4
"God of hosts, restore us;
Let your Face shine on us and we shall be saved"

Psalm 67, v.1 (Numbers 10, v.35)
Israel's National song of Triumph (chanted as they carried the Ark into Battle: Numbers 10:35)

"Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered;
let them that hate him flee before his Face"

Psalm 26, v.8-9
"Of thee my heart has spoken, 'Seek his Face'.
Thy face, O Lord, I do seek;
Hide not thy Face from me"

Psalm 4, v.6
"O Lord, lift up the light of your Face upon us"

(On the medal: "Let, O Lord, the light of thy Face shine upon us")

Psalm 43, v.4
"No sword of their own won the land;
no arm of their own brought them victory.
It was your right hand, your arm,
And the light of your Face: for you loved them"
From the Hymn, 'My God, accept my heart this day'

"Anoint me with thy heavenly grace,
and seal me for thine own,
that I may see thy glorious Face,
and worship at thy throne"

From the Hymn, 'Sweet Heart of Jesus'

"Sweet Heart of Jesus, make us know and love thee;
Unfold to us the treasures of thy grace;
That so our hearts, from things of earth uplifted
May long alone to gaze upon thy Face"

From Other Faiths:
(note: at Holy Mass, we incorporate into our Eucharistic Prayer, 'all who seek you with a sincere heart')

"When I see thy gentle, human Face, Lord,
I return to my own nature, and my heart has peace"

(Bhagavad Gita, 11:51 - Hindu)

Holy Face Chaplet

Make the Sign of the Cross

On the Crucifix, say:
"Incline unto my aid, O God, O Lord, make haste to help me."
"Glory be to the Father, etc".

On the six (larger) beads, say:
" My Jesus mercy! Glory be to the Father, etc."

On the 33 smaller beads, say:
" Arise, O Lord, and let Thine enemies be scattered.
  And let them that hate Thee, flee from beforeThy Face." (Nums: 10:35).
(St Athanasius said the devil hates these words more than any other verse in Sacred Scripture.)

The prayers on the medal and the three beads are said last.

On the medal say:
"Behold, O God, our Protector,
And look on the Face of Thy Christ!"

On the three beads say:
" Arise, O Lord, and let Thine enemies be scattered.
  And let them that hate Thee, flee from beforeThy Face."

(Holy Face Chaplets are usually available at any Carmelite monastery).

You will find this Chaplet at: http://www.blockrosary.com/FaceA.htm

Links to Other Prayers on this site:

Prayers of Sister Marie Pierre
Novena of the Holy Face

My version of the Holy Face Chaplet