Thursday, January 26, 2006

The Veil of Veronica

The Holy Face represents the Divinity and the Holy Name of God outraged by blasphemers. --


May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable, most mysterious and unutterable Name of God be always 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.

Eternal Father, we offer Thee the Holy Face of Jesus covered with blood, sweat, dust, and spittle, in reparation for the crimes of blasphemers and for the profaners of the Holy Name and of the Holy Day of Sunday. Amen.


Devotion to the Holy Face of Christ is a means of making reparation for all the insults, blasphemies and irreverences which Christ endured for sinners during His Sacred Passion.
The love of His Sacred Heart for us is portrayed on His adorable Countenance which He offers to His Eternal Father in reparation for our sins, and He revealed to a Discalced Carmelite Nun of Tours, France that He wishes these prayers, the Golden Arrow and the Offering of His Holy Face to be used by us as means of consoling Him and making repartion for the evils of our day.
For centuries there have been in the Church chosen souls who practiced devotion to the Holy Face of Our Lord. Amongst these are numbered St. Augustine, St. Bernard, St. Bonaventure, St. Edmund of Canterbury, and St. Therese of the Child Jesus.
These prayers, when said with fervor and real purpose, will merit for us the promises made by Our Lord.


Blasphemy and the Desecration of Sunday are the two principal sins in modern times.
Executioners crucified Him on Friday, but the Christians crucify Him on Sunday.
Blasphemies, cursing and the desecration of Sunday are hurled against His Divinity, Whom they cannot reach, but fall back like spittle of the mob upon the Face of Our Lord.
All blows inflicted on Holy Church, attacking religion, are as a renewal of the blows received by His Face in The Passion.
His Name is everywhere blasphemed, even by children. This is the sin that curses God to His Face.
The Holy Face is the very Image of God.
Priests who publicly defend His cause become as the great St. Dismas who proclaimed His Divinity in the midst of blasphemers, and will be given "My Kingdom".
All who compassionate His Suffering Face perform the same office as the Holy Veronica and will have His Sacred Countenance impressed on their souls.
Those who on earth contemplate the Wounds of His Face shall in heaven behold It radiant with glory.
He will defend them, preserve them and assure them of final perseverance.

Carmelite Monastery, Mobile, Alabama.
Imprimatur: + T. J. Toolen, D.D. LL.D. Archbishop-Bishop of Mobile-Birmigham

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