VENERATION OF THE HOLY FACE ON THE HOLY SHROUD


Lord Jesus, we venerate Thy Most Holy Face miraculously imprinted on the Holy Shroud, in which Thy Sacred Body was wrapped after it was taken down from the Cross, and laid in His own tomb by one of Thy disciples, Joseph of Arimathea. We adore Thy Holy Face bloodied from Thy Most Sorrowful Passion on Death on the Cross – Thy Eyes blood-filled and sunken from the torture and suffering that Thou hadst endured, Thy Face wounded, bleeding, disfigured and swollen from the blows that Thou hadst received, Thy Hair stiffened by blood, and Thy Skin matted by blood which flowed from the mortal wounds on Thy Head, caused by the crown of thorns that Thou hadst wore, and the blows and beatings that Thou hadst received on Thy Sacred Head. 

Yet, despite the Immeasurable pain that Thou hadst endured for our sake, Thy Holy Face still manages to shine with Thy gentleness and Divinity – manifesting no trace of bitterness whatsoever from Thy physical suffering – and still radiates with Thy infinite Love for us, sinners, showing us that Thou art, indeed, a Loving God who willingly took on the punishment that we, not Thee, rightfully deserve, in order to free us from the consequences of our sin – to lighten our burdens; to teach us how to love Thee, who are all-worthy and deserving of all our love, and to learn to forgive one another, in order that we may live in love and peace with our brothers and sisters. 

Teach us how to repent for our sins, and mend our ways, in order that we may become worthy of Thy heavenly kingdom. Give us the gift of faith that, together with Thy angels and saints in heaven, we may sing Thy praises for all eternity. Amen. 

Eternal Father, thank Thee for the wonderful gift of Thy Divine Son. For the sake of His Most Sorrowful Passion and Death on the Cross, have mercy on us, and on the whole world. Amen.

(1) Pater Noster, (1) Ave Maria, (1) Gloria Patris.

"And in my abundance I said: I shall never be moved. O Lord, in thy favour, thou gavest strength to my beauty. Thou turnedst away thy face from me, and I became troubled." Psalm 29:7-8
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