Chaplet of the Holy Face of Jesus

by Fr Richard Heilman | October 15, 2016 3:22 PM

CHAPLET OF THE HOLY FACE OF JESUS

I have come to learn that the Chaplet of the Holy Face of Jesus is a favorite of Cardinal Burke’s, especially in times of intense spiritual warfare, which we all understand we are in at this moment in time.

The chaplet has for its object the honoring of the five senses of our Lord Jesus Christ and of entreating God for the triumph of His Church. The chaplet comes to us from Sr. St. Pierre and is composed of a cross, 39 beads, six of which are large, and 33 of which are small. The 33 small beads represent the 33 years of the mortal life of our Lord. The first 30 recall to mind the 30 years of His private life, and are divided into five decades of six with the intention of honoring the five senses, touch, hearing, sight, smell, and taste of Jesus, which have their seat principally in His Holy Face, rendering homage to all the sufferings our Lord endured in His Face through each one of these senses. A large bead to honor each of the senses precedes each of these five decades of six beads. The three small beads recall the public life of the Savior and honor the wounds of His adorable Face; the large bead preceding them has the same purpose. A medal of the Holy Face completes the chaplet.

To pray this chaplet, start by making the sign of the cross with the crucifix and recite this invocation: “O God, incline unto my aid. O Lord, make haste to help me,” followed by the Glory Be.

 

The Sign of the Cross / Signum Crucis

In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

 

Deus, in adjutorium meum intende: Domine, ad adjuvandum me festina.

O God, incline unto my aid. O Lord, make haste to help me.

 

Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

On the thirty three small beads:

“Surge domine et dissipentur inimici tui et fugiant qui oderunt te a facie tua”

“Arise, O Lord, and let Thy enemies be scattered, and let them that hate Thee flee before Thy Face!”

 

On each of the six larger beads:

“O mi Jesu misericordia!” “Gloria Patri…”

“My Jesus, mercy!” and one “Glory Be..”

 

At the end of meditating on the senses of Jesus, continue repetitions of “Arise, O Lord” prayer on the remaining three beads, to bring the total to 33, one for each year of Our Lord’s earthly life. On each of these last three beads, think about the wounds in His holy face from the slaps He endured, and from the crown of thorns. After all of this, repeat seven times, in honor of the 7 words of Jesus from the Cross:

Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

On the medal at the end pray:

“O God, our Protector, look down upon us and cast Thine eyes upon the Face of Thy Christ!”

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