Sunday, October 3, 2010 – Innaugural 1st Sunday Evening Devotions of Reparation to the Holy Face of Jesus

Today, the First Sunday in October, also known as Rosary Sunday and Respect Life Sunday, we began the Monthly Devotions in Honor of the Holy Face of Jesus, with Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.  About 20 persons attended, and joined in our innaugural Devotions of Reparation, to be continued on the First Sunday of every month at 7:00pm in Salem.  All are invited to join us in prayer the next time we gather for Holy Face Devotions and Benediction on Sunday, November 7th at 7:00pm, and to join the Confraternity of the Holy Face being organized at St. Mary’s, Salem.

Since today is also the traditional Feast of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, I conclude this post with her famous prayer to the Holy Face:

 

O Jesus, Who in Thy cruel Passion didst become the reproach of men and the Man of Sorrows, I venerate Thy Divine Face.  Once it shone with the beauty and sweetness of the Divinity; now for my sake It is become as the face of a leper.  Yet in that disfigured Countenance I recognize Thy infinite love and I am consumed with loving Thee and of making Thee loved by all mankind.  The tears that streamed in such abundance from Thy eyes are to me as precious pearls which I delight to gather, that with their infinite worth I may ransom the souls of poor sinners. 

O Jesus, whose Face is the sole beauty that ravishes my heart, I implore Thee so to inflame me with Thy love that it may quickly consume me, and I may soon reach the vision of Thy glorious Face in Heaven!   Amen. 

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