The Sacred Host in the monstrance changes into the face of the Crucified Lord crowned with thorns. His eyes are closed, and there seems to be a serenity in his countenance. His face is marked by rivulets of sweat and blood. As I gaze upon this beauty I realize we are in the midst of the *Novena to the Holy Face. My spirit is drawn into the Blood upon His cheek. I fall into an infinite pool of His Blood. I sense waves of the warm Blood circling out from where I fell. His warmth comforts the winter aches of my body. I am at peace. I then find myself holding a precious chalice filled with this life-giving liquid. I drink, knowing I am consuming That which consumes and heals me. Henceforth, each drop of His Sacrificial Offering will bring me peace.
*Novena to the Holy Face Day 2
O Most Holy and Blessed Trinity, through the intercession of Holy Mary, whose soul was pierced through by a sword of sorrow at the sight of the passion of her Divine Son, we ask Thy help in making a perfect Novena of reparation with Jesus, united with all His sorrows, love and total abandonment.
We now implore all the Angels and Saints to intercede for us as we pray this Holy Novena to the Most Holy Face of Jesus and for the glory of the most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Psalm 51, 5-6a.
My offenses truly I know them; My sin is always before me. Against Thou, Thou alone, have I sinned; What is evil in Thy sight I have done.
Most Holy Face of Jesus, we are truly sorry that we have hurt Thee so much by constantly doing what is wrong; and for all the good works we have failed to do. Immaculate Heart of Mary, Saint Joseph, intercede for us, help us to console the Most Holy Face of Jesus. Pray that we may share in the tremendous love Thou hast for one another, and for the most Holy and Blessed Trinity. Amen.
Through the merits of Thy precious blood and Thy Holy Face, O Jesus, grant us our petition, , Pardon and Mercy.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, Sanctifier, all powerful God of love, Thou who didst fill the Virgin Mary with grace, Thou who didst wonderfully transform the hearts of the apostles, Thou who didst endow all Thy martyrs with a miraculous heroism, come and sanctify us, illumine our minds, strengthen our wills, purify our consciences, rectify our judgments, set our hearts on fire and preserve us from the misfortune of resisting Thine inspirations. We consecrate to Thee our understanding, our heart and our will, our whole being for time and for eternity. May our understanding be always submissive to Thy heavenly inspirations and to the teachings of Thy Holy Catholic Church, of which Thou art the infallible guide; may our heart be ever inflamed with love of God and neighbor; may our will be ever conformed to the divine will, and may our whole life be a faithful imitation of the life and virtues of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to whom with the Father and Thee be honor and glory forever. Amen
Pray one (1) Our Father, (3) Hail Mary?s, (1) Glory Be.
O Bleeding Face, O Face Divine, be every adoration Thine. (Three times)