Devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus
In Tours, France during the 1840's a young Carmelite nun, Sister Marie of St Peter, received a series of revelations from Our Lord about a powerful devotion He wished to be established worldwide - the devotion to his Holy Face. The purpose of this devotion was to make reparation for the blasphemies from atheists, freethinkers, and, for the profanation of Sundays by Christians. Many years later, Blessed Maria Pierina de Micheli, a holy nun who died in 1945, received this kind of message to spread the devotion to the Holy Face, in reparation for the many insults Jesus suffered in His Passion, such as to be slapped, spit upon and kissed by Judas, as well as now being dishonored in many ways in the Blessed Sacrament by neglect, sacrileges and profanations. She was given a medal, which on one side bore a replica of the Holy Shroud of Turin and the inscription: “Illumina, Domine, vultum tuum super nos”. - Ps. 4:6 “May, O Lord, the light of Thy countenance shine upon us”.) On the reverse side was a radiant Host, with the words, “Mane nobiscum, Domine”. – “Stay with us, O Lord” Luke 24:29.
Bl. Ma. Pierina de Micheli
After great difficulties, Sister Pierina obtained permission to the have the medal cast. Even the expenses for the casting were miraculously met when she found on her desk an envelope with the exact amount of the bill – 11,2000 lire. The evil spirit showed his chagrin and rage at the medals by flinging them down and burning the pictures of the Sacred Face, and beating Sister Pierina savagely. In 1940, when the Second World War had the world in turmoil, Italy saw a wide distribution of this medal. Relatives and friends saw that their soldiers, sailors and aviators were provided with the replica of the Holy Face of Jesus since the medal was already famous for its miracles and countless spiritual and temporal favors. Our Divine Savior also requested that a special feast be instituted to honor His Holy Face on Shrove Tuesday - the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.
PROMISES OF OUR LORD JESUS TO THOSE WHO WILL VENERATE HIS IMAGE