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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Link from Fr. Z.

Father Z connected this site after Cardinal Burke asked us to pray for the Synod under the devotion to the Holy Face.

Here is the prayer of St. Therese the Little Flower from this site.

Prayer of St Therese of the Infant Jesus and the Holy Face

It is said that this devotion brought St Therese of Lisieux, "the Little Flower", to her great sanctity. This is her prayer to the Holy Face:
O Jesus, who in Thy bitter Passion didst become "the most abject of men, a man of sorrows", I venerate Thy Sacred Face whereon there once did shine the beauty and sweetness of the Godhead; but now it has become for me as if it were the face of a leper! Nevertheless, under those disfigured features, I recognize Thy infinite Love and I am consumed with the desire to love Thee and make Thee loved by all men. The tears which well up abundantly in Thy sacred eyes appear to me as so many precious pearls that I love to gather up, in order to purchase the souls of poor sinners by means of their infinite value. O Jesus, whose adorable Face ravishes my heart, I implore Thee to fix deep within me Thy divine image and to set me on fire with Thy Love, that I may be found worthy to come to the contemplation of Thy glorious Face in Heaven.

Tuesday is apparently the day to honor the Holy Face, which I did yesterday in the Church of the Circumcision in Valletta.

I suggest you all join Cardinal Burke in this prayer, or others which are similar.