During the late 1840’s. Our Lord Jesus Christ appeared to a Carmelite nun in Tours, France, and revealed a message to her that was to be shared with the world. That message was the Devotion to His Most Holy Face. Sister Marie of St. Peter was tasked with making this “Work of Reparation” known.
This Devotion is intended to make reparation for the sins of blasphemy against the Holy Name of God and the profanation of Sundays and Holy Days. In addition, it is to be a spiritual weapon against Communists.
This is going to be the first of several posts on this devotion. I discovered it perhaps last year when I found some free pamphlets in a nearby church. They promoted various prayers to the Holy Face, most notably the well-known “Golden Arrow Prayer,” which may be familiar to you:
“May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable, most incomprehensible and ineffable Name of God be forever 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.”
There are other prayers associated with the Devotion, that is the best known. The others I’ll bring up in the next post or so. (Our you can look them up yourself 😉. They are in links I have at the end of this post.)
The apparition of Our Lord to Sr. Marie was timely. The French Revolution had infected Christendom with the errors of Modernism just over half a century before; among these errors were radical secularism, anti-clericalism and especially the seeds of what would become Communism. Just two years after the initial apparition, Europe was convulsed in Lefist riots and revolutions that shook the normal order. Karl Marx got to work on his Communist Manifesto. While his analysis and criticism of capitalism has merit, his solutions were like unto a cure being much worse than the disease.
Jesus anticipated the rise of Communism in the 1848 European Revolutions, much like Our Lady did at Fatima in 1917.
This is a devotion gravely needed for our times. Western Civilization is conceivably in a state of collapse as evidenced by the political and popular responses to the Coronavirus pandemic, riots and mob thuggery in our cities and Leftist infection of our cultural elites and the resulting aggressive action by the power centers they control in culture and society.
The Holy Face Devotion is the spiritual weapon of our times. In my next post I will have some more prayers and resources. But to get you started, you can go here: Holy Face Association.
I am writing this in front of the Blessed Sacrament and my Hour us almost up. I need to say some prayers before finishing. Later, readers!Know someone, perhaps yourself, who might like Catholic devotionals for alcoholics? Please take a look at my books! "The Stations of the Cross for Alcoholics" and "The Recovery Rosary: Reflections for Alcoholics and Addicts" (Thank you!!)