to the Holy Face and the Saints
following are some of the Saints who have had a special love for the
Holy Face of Jesus. Click the links to read about them.
| Bernard of Clairvaux | Gertrude
| Julian of Norwich | Marie
de Saint Pierre | Therese of Lisieux |
Mother Maria Pierina
Veronica, Feast day: July 12
in popular belief since the beginning of Christianity is the story
of 'Veronica', a woman of Jerusalem who wiped the face of Christ
with her veil while he was on the way to Calvary.
to tradition, the veil of Veronica was imprinted with the image
of the Holy Face of Jesus. There is no scriptural reference to this
event, but the legend of Veronica became a part of Christian belief,
and is the basis for all subsequent devotion to the Face of Jesus.
wipes the Face of Jesus" is the 5th Station
of the Cross, showing that down the centuries the Church has strongly
urged devotion to the Holy Face.
of Clairvaux (1090-1153):
Feast Day, 20th August
near Dijon, France in the year 1090, Bernard had great devotion
to the holy face, the 'true likeness'.
his book, The Turin Shroud,
Colin Wilson argues that the Holy Shroud was in the possession of
the Order of the Knights of the Temple of Solomon, (the 'Templars')
which St. Bernard was instrumental in founding. He wrote the religious
Rule for the Order, in about 1130. The Templars were renowned for
their worship of a strange object, believed to be a 'head', but
which could have been the Shroud image of the Face of Jesus. Saint
the very thought of thee
with sweetness fills my breast,
But sweeter far thy Face to see,
and in thy presence rest"
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the Great (1263-1302):
Feast day, 16th November
in Eisleben, Germany. Known as the herald of devotion to the Sacred
Heart of Jesus, but had also great devotion to the Holy Face, as
seen on crucifixes and images of the Passion.
revelation, Jesus said to her:
those who, attracted by my love and venerating my Countenance,
shall receive by virtue of my humanity, a brilliant and vivid
impression of my Divinity. This splendour shall enlighten the
depths of their souls, so that in eternal glory the court of heaven
will marvel at the marked likeness of their features with my divine
Julian of Norwich, 1342-1416
great English mystic, who described her visions of Christ in the
classical work 'Revelations of Divine Love'.
She describes 16 'showings', or revelations, which took place in
May 1373. All 16 revelations are built upon the First, which was
a mystical vision of the Holy Face of Jesus. The second and eighth
visions are also explicitly related to adoration of the Holy Face.
The following quotations are a only taste of this wonderful book.
first revelation, the precious crowning of Christ:
'And at once I saw the red blood trickling down from under the garland,
hot, fresh and plentiful, just as it did at the time of his passion
when the crown of thorns was pressed on to the blessed head of God-and-Man
who suffered for me.'
'I seemed to
see with my actual eyes the continual bleeding of his head…
This revelation was real and lifelike, horrifying and dreadful,
sweet and lovely. The greatest comfort I received from it was to
know that our God and Lord - so holy and aweful - is so unpretentious
'Surely there can be no greater joy than that he, the most supreme,
mighty, noble, and worthy of all, should also be the most lowly,
humble, friendly and considerate. In very truth this marvellous
joy will be ours when we see him'."
these brief quotations, we see how the Holy Face of Jesus filled
her soul with tremendous comfort, drew her into communion with Jesus
in his suffering, and promoted deep love for Christ in her soul.
These are the effects of all devotion to the Holy Face.
Marie de Saint Pierre 1800-1845
French mystic, who experienced many revelations relating to the
Holy Face. She was the founder of the Arch-confraternity of Reparation
to the Holy Face of Jesus, which was given papal approval by Leo
XIII in the late 1800s. The young St Therese of Lisieux joined this
confraternity as a child.
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Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897):
Feast day, 1st October
at Alencon, France, she entered Carmelite religious life very young,
and took the name 'Teresa of the Child Jesus', but added 'and the
Holy Face' soon after. She had a lifelong devotion to the Holy Face,
and had many mystical experiences related to the Face of Jesus.
The following is extracted from one of her most famous prayers to
the Holy Face:
Jesus, who in your bitter Passion became 'the Reproach of men and
the Man of Sorrows,' I contemplate your Divine Face on which once
shone the beauty and sweetness of the Godhead; but now has become
like the face of a leper! Nevertheless, under those disfigured features
I recognise your infinite love, and I am consumed with desire to
love you and make you loved by all men.
Jesus whose adorable Face ravishes my heart, I implore you to fix
deep within me your Divine Image, and to set me on fire with your
Divine Love, so that I may be found worthy to come to the contemplation
of Thy Most Glorious Face in heaven. Amen."
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Maria Pierina, 1900-1945
most recent major advocate of devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus;
through her the Church has received the medal of the Holy Face.
is the best-known prayer of Maria Pierina:
Blessed Face of my kind Saviour, by the tender love and piercing
sorrow of Our Lady as she beheld you in your cruel Passion, grant
us to share in this intense sorrow and love, so as to fulfil the
holy will of God to the utmost of our ability. Amen"
full story of Maria Pierina, see Holy