Prayers of Reparation to the Holy Face of Jesus

Jesus' Holy Face with Crown of Thorns
“Oh, you, who are my friends, and my faithful children, look and see if there be any sorrow like mine. Everywhere My enemies despise and insult both my Eternal Father and My Church, the cherished Spouse of My Heart. Will no one rise up to console Me by defending the glory of My Father, and the honor of My Spouse, which has been so cruelly attacked? I can no longer remain in the midst of a people that will continue to be so heedless and so ungrateful. Look at the torrents of tears that stream from My eyes! Can I find no one to wipe away these tears by making reparation to My Father, and imploring forgiveness for the guilty?”

— Words of Our Lord to Sr. Mary of St. Peter

Sr. Mary of St. Peter and the Work of Reparation

Sr. Mary of St. Peter Sr. Mary of St. Peter

Sr. Mary of St. Peter (French: Marie de Saint Pierre) (1816–1848), was a Discalced Carmelite nun who lived in Tours, France. From 1844 to 1847, our Lord spoke to her about spreading throughout the world, the devotion to His Most Holy Face. He also revealed to her, in particular, that the Father was greatly offended by sin, especially by the widespread violation of the first three of the Ten Commandments: the Holy Name of God blasphemed, and the Holy Day of the Lord profaned. Through this work of reparation to the Holy Face, God’s justice would be disarmed. He promised to imprint His divine likeness on the souls of those who honor His most holy countenance, and He further promised that all who would defend His cause in the Work of Reparation by words, by prayers, or in writing, will be defended by Him before His Father.

“Those who by words, prayers or writing defend My cause in this Work of Reparation I will defend before My Father, and will give them My Kingdom.”

He further explained that this Work of Reparation included “not only reparation for what is generally called blasphemy, that is, abusing the Holy Name of God, but that it also embraced reparation for all attacks against Religion and against Holy Church, since these also constitute a form of blasphemy.”

The following is a collection of devotional prayers to honor the Holy Face of Jesus Christ our Lord in reparation for the insults and indignities offered It and His Divinity in our day, taken from the Autobiography of Sr. Mary of St. Peter called “The Golden Arrow.” This devotion is approved by the Holy Catholic Church and is elevated to the status of Archconfraternity.

Prayers in Reparation to the Holy Face

The Golden Arrow

This prayer was dictated by our Lord Himself to Sister Mary of St. Peter on August 26th, 1843. In her Autobiography, she recounted that Our Savior opened His Heart to her, making her see that “this frightful sin [of blasphemy] wounds His divine Heart more grievously than all other sins. Through blasphemy, the sinner curses Him to His Face, attacks Him publicly, nullifies his redemption, and pronounces his own judgement and condemnation. … Blasphemy is a poisoned arrow continually wounding His divine Heart.” After that, Our Savior dictated the following prayer, which He called the Golden Arrow, saying that those who would recite this prayer would wound Him delightfully, and also heal those other wounds inflicted on Him by the malice of sinners.” This prayer is the very BASIS of the Work of Reparation:

Golden Arrow
May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable, most incomprehensible, and ineffable Name of God be forever praised, blessed, adored, loved, 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.

(* The original text read: “…in the hells.” Sr. Mary of St. Peter was somewhat astonished at the words “in the hells,” but our Lord gave her to understand that His Justice was also glorified there, and that “in the hells” included Purgatory, where He is loved and glorified by the suffering souls. She saw torrents of graces streaming from the Sacred Heart of Jesus, delightfully wounded by this Golden Arrow.)

Confraternity of Reparation

Our Lord also told Sr. Mary of St. Peter of His desire to have established a Confraternity of Reparation. This Confraternity was to have a two-fold purpose, the first being Reparation for blasphemy and the second being Reparation for the profanation of Sunday, since these were the two principal sins which in modern times were provoking the anger of God.

“Therefore the new Association … would oblige members to refrain form all Sunday work themselves, and to do what lay in their power to see that others stop all unnecessary servile works on the holy days of the Lord.”
“Our Savior also desires that this Association be placed under the patronage of St. Michael, St. Martin and of St. Louis (the crusader against blasphemy), asking that each member should say daily One Our Father, One Hail Mary, and one Glory Be, together with the Act of Praise, called the ‘Golden Arrow’. But on Sundays and on feast days, all the Prayers of Reparation are to be recited, in order to make fitting reparation for the crimes committed against God’s Majesty on these days of the Lord in order to obtain mercy for the guilty.”
“Our Lord showed me this Association as an army of brave soldiers, uniting themselves to Him as their Commander-in-Chief, to defend the glory of His Father. It is His will that this militia be called ‘The Defenders of the Holy Name of God,’ so that this noble title should give evidence of the high calling of those enrolled.”

— Taken from the autobiography of Sr. Mary of St. Peter

God the Father

Offering of the Holy Face of Our Lord Jesus Christ
to God the Father

Eternal Father, turn away Your angry gaze from our guilty people whose face has become unsightly in Your eyes. Look instead upon the Face of Your beloved Son, in Whom You are well pleased. We now offer You this Holy Face, covered with shame and disfigured by bloody bruises, in reparation for the crimes of our age, in order to appease Your anger, justly provoked against us. Because Your Divine Son, our Redeemer, has taken upon His Head all the sins of His members, that they might be spared, we now beg You, Eternal Father, to grant us mercy. Amen.

An Aspiration to the Eternal Father to be Frequently Recited During the Day

Eternal Father, we offer You the Holy Face of Jesus, covered with blood, sweat, dust, and spittle, in reparation for our sins and the sins of the whole world.

Aspiration to the Holy Face

This short aspiration is particularly beneficial for the sick and especially for the dying.

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Adorable Face of Thy Beloved Son, for the honor and glory of Thy Holy Name, for the conversion of sinners and for the salvation of the dying.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus

Offering of the Sacred Heart

Eternal Father, look upon the Sacred Heart of Jesus which I offer to You as a vase, that It might receive the wine of Your Justice, so that in passing through this Holy Channel, Your Justice may be changed for us into the Wine of Your Mercy! Amen.

Prayer to Reproduce the Image of God in our Souls

Our Lord told Sister Mary of St. Peter that the Image of His Holy Face is like a Divine Stamp which, if applied to souls, through prayer, has the power of imprinting anew within them the Image of God.

I Salute You, I adore You, and I love You, oh adorable Face of my Beloved Jesus, as the noble stamp of the Divinity! Completely surrendering my soul to You, I most humbly beg You to stamp this seal upon us all, so that the Image of God may once more be reproduced by its imprint in our souls. Amen.

Prayer to Obtain the Settlement of all Our Needs

Holy Face Collage Image
Oh, Eternal Father, since it has pleased our Divine Savior to reveal to mankind in our present century the power residing in His Holy Face, we now avail ourselves of this treasure in our great needs. Since our Savior Himself promised that by offering to You, oh Eternal Father, the Holy Face disfigured in the Passion, we can procure the settlement of all our affairs, and that nothing whatsoever will be refused us, we now come before Your Throne.
Offering to You, oh God, this adorable Countenance, disfigured with painful bruises and covered with shame and confusion, we beg through the merits of this Holy Face to obtain these, our pressing needs.
Grant us pardon, Eternal Father, for the worst crimes of our age, which are atheism, blasphemy, and the desecration of Your holy days. May this offering of the Holy Face of our Savior before Your throne obtain for us deliverance from these evils.
Send us, oh God, many vocations to the priesthood and to the religious life, so that by their prayers, their works, and their sacrifices, they may spread the blessings of Your Church and confound Your enemies. Amen.

Prayer for Our Country

Eternal Father, we offer You the Adorable Face of Your well-beloved Son, for the Honor and Glory of Your Holy Name, and for the salvation of our country. Amen.

Promises of Our Lord Jesus Christ in favor of those who honor His Holy Face

  1. All those who honor My Face in a spirit of reparation will by so doing perform the office of the pious Veronica. According to the care they take in making reparation to My Face, disfigured by blasphemers, so will I take care of their souls which have been disfigured by sin. My Face is the seal of the Divinity, which has the virtue of reproducing in souls the image of God.
  2. Those who by words, prayers or writing defend My cause in this Work of Reparation I will defend before My Father, and will give them My Kingdom.
  3. By offering My Face to My Eternal Father, nothing will be refused, and the conversion of many sinners will be obtained.
  4. By My Holy Face, they will work wonders, appease the anger of God and draw down mercy on sinners.
  5. As in a kingdom they can procure all that is desired with a coin stamped with the King’s effigy, so in the Kingdom of Heaven they will obtain all they desire with the precious coin of My Holy Face.
  6. Those who on earth contemplate the wounds of My Face shall in Heaven behold it radiant with glory.
  7. They will receive in their souls a bright and constant irradiation of My Divinity, that by their likeness to My Face they shall shine with particular splendor in Heaven.
  8. I will defend them, I will preserve them and I assure them of Final Perseverance.

Additional Prayers of Reparation

Act of Reparation for Blasphemy and the Violation of Sunday

O God! infinitely worthy of all adoration and love, I prostrate myself at Thy feet, filled with grief for the blasphemies uttered against Thy Holy Name, and for the offenses committed against Thy Divine worship and the observances of Thy Church.
O my God! this blasphemy is the profanation of that which is most holy in the sight of Thine inaccessible sanctuary; it is an attack upon Thine infinite majesty, an outrage against the Face of Thy Divine Son, a crime without excuse, without any other motive than that wickedness which hates Thee, O God, infinitely worthy of all love! We beg pardon, O Lord, a thousand times pardon, for these blasphemies. Would that we could prevent them by the sacrifice of all that we are, or that we possess! At least it is in the sincerity of our hearts that we desire with all our power to combat this horrible crime, and for all we hear or know to offer instantly, by the merits of the Face of Thy Christ, our humble and sorrowful expiation.
But that which is most grievous to us is that while blasphemy and infidelity daily increase, the adoration due to Thee diminishes. Alas! now, even more than in the days of the prophet Ezechiel, men neglect and profane Thy holy days because their hearts are given to idols. Slaves of avarice and of pleasure, they no longer have time for Thy worship or attraction to Thine altars. O Lord! grant us the grace to make reparation for this contempt and forgetfulness of Thee / by the zeal and fervor of our adoration.
Vs. - May the most Adorable Name of the Lord be glorified forever!
Rs. - Amen!
Vs. - May the holy days of Thy Church be sanctified by all men!
Rs. - Amen!
Vs. - Behold, O God, our protector
Rs. - And look upon the Face of Thy Christ.
- Psalm 83, vs. 10

Offering to the Eternal Father

O Almighty and eternal God, look upon the Face of Your Son Jesus. We present it to You with confidence to implore Your pardon. The All-Merciful Advocate opens His mouth to plead our cause; hear His cries, behold His tears, O God, and through His infinite merits hearken to Him when He intercedes for us poor and miserable sinners.

Prayer

O Lord Jesus Christ, in presenting ourselves before Your adorable Face, to ask of You the graces of which we stand most in need, we beseech You, above all, to give us that interior disposition of never refusing at any time to do what You require of us by Your holy commandments and Your Divine inspirations.
O good Jesus, Who has said: “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you,” give us, O Lord, that faith which obtains all, or supply in us what may be deficient. Grant us, by the pure effect of Your charity and for Your eternal glory, the graces which we need and which we look for from Your infinite mercy, particularly: (Here mention the favor you desire) … Amen.
Be merciful to us, O God, and reject not our prayers when, amid our afflictions, we call upon Your holy Name and seek with love and confidence Your adorable Face. Amen.
We thank You, O Lord, for all Your benefits, and we entreat You to engrave in our hearts feelings of love and gratitude, putting upon our lips songs of thanksgiving to Your eternal praise. Amen.

Prayer for Sinners (by St. Therese)

Eternal Father, since You have given me for my inheritance the adorable Face of Your Divine Son, I offer that Face to You, and I beg You, in exchange for this coin of infinite value, to forget the ingratitude of souls dedicated to You, and to pardon all poor sinners.

Offering of the Holy Face (by St. John Vianney, The Cure of Ars)

Oh, my beautiful Immaculate Mother Mary, Queen of Sorrows, I beg of you, by the inexpressible agony you did endure at the foot of the Cross, to offer to the Eternal Father, in my stead, the Holy Face of your Divine Son, my Jesus, covered with Blood, wounds, and other indignities heaped upon Him during His Sacred Passion, and beg of Him to grant … (Here mention the grace or favor you desire). Amen.

An Act of Reparation for Blasphemies Against the Blessed Virgin Mary

Most glorious Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, turn your eyes in pity upon us, miserable sinners; we are sorely afflicted by the many evils that surround us in this life, but especially do we feel our hearts break within us upon hearing the dreadful insults and blasphemies uttered against you, O Virgin Immaculate.
We desire to love you and to honor you with all our hearts, O most holy Mother, since this is the will of God. And just because we love you, we will do all that is in our power to make you honored and loved by all men. In the meantime may you, our merciful Mother, the supreme comforter of the afflicted, accept this our act of reparation which we offer you for ourselves and for our families, as well as for those who impiously blaspheme you, not knowing what they say. May you obtain for them from Almighty God the grace of conversion, and thus render more manifest and more glorious your kindness, your power, and your great mercy. May they join with us in proclaiming you blessed among women, the Immaculate Virgin, and most compassionate Mother of God.
St. Joseph
HAIL MARY said three times.

Prayer to St. Joseph

O most faithful Saint Joseph, you who in your earthly life were ever faithful in keeping the law of God, grant that the day may soon come when all Christian people shall refrain from those works that are forbidden on Sundays by God’s law, and shall devote themselves earnestly to the salvation of their souls.
Teach us, like you, to gaze with love and devotion on the Face of Jesus, and to give glory to God, Who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

A Prayer for Priests

O Jesus, Eternal Priest, keep Your priests within the shelter of Your Sacred Heart, where none may touch them. Keep unstained their anointed hands, which daily touch Your Sacred Body. Keep unsullied their lips, daily purpled with Your Precious Blood. Keep pure and unworldly their hearts, sealed with the sublime mark of Your priesthood. Let Your holy love surround them from the world’s contagion. Bless their labors with abundant fruit and may the souls to whom they minister be their joy and consolation here and their everlasting crown hereafter. Amen.

The Divine Praises in Reparation for Blasphemies

Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus.
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be His Most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother,
Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste Spouse.
Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints.
The Ten Commandments Clip Art

GOD’S COMMANDMENTS

  1. I am the Lord your God; you shall have no strange gods before me.
  2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
  3. Remember the Lord’s day and keep it holy.
  4. Honor your mother and your father.
  5. You shall not kill.
  6. You shall not commit adultery.
  7. You shall not steal.
  8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.
  10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s good.