THE HOLY FACE MEDAL
SISTER MARIA PIERINA
(from The Image of the Holy Shroud)
The Blessed Maria Pierina de Micheli, a holy nun who died in 1945
(beatified May 30, 2010), was urged in many visions by the Blessed Mother
and Jesus Himself 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.
Jesus showed Himself to her often, sad and bleeding, asking her for
reparation thus increasing in her the desire to suffer and to immolate
herself for the salvation of souls. During the night adoration of the First
Friday in Lent in 1936, Jesus, after having made her participate in the
mental sorrow of the agony in the Garden of Gethsemani, with His Face
covered with blood and profoundly sad, told her: "I wish that my Face,
which reflects the deep pains of my Soul, the sorrow and love of my Heart,
be better honored: who contemplates me consoles me. ' On the Tuesday
following Passion Sunday, Jesus returned to her and said, 'every time my
Face is contemplated, I will pour out my love into the heart of those
persons and by means of My Holy Face the salvation of many souls will be
These manifestations became more and more frequent and in May 1938, whilst
at prayer on the step of the Altar, a beautiful Lady appeared to her
carrying in her hand a Scapular, made of two pieces of flannel joined by a
cord. One of these pieces bore the image from the Holy Shroud and the
inscription: "Illumina, Domine, Vultum Tuum Super Nos" (May, O Lord, the
light of Thy Face shine upon us). On the other piece was a radiant Host,
with the words, "Mane Nobiscum, Domine" (Stay with us, O Lord).
Gently the lady approached and said: "Listen carefully and report
everything to the Father : This Scapular is an armor of defense, a shield
of strength, a token of the love and mercy which Jesus wishes to give the
world in these times of lust and hatred against God and His Church.
Diabolical nets are thrown to wrench the Faith from hearts, evils abound,
true apostles are few, and the remedy is the Holy Face of Jesus. All who
wear a Scapular like this and make, if possible, every Tuesday a visit to
the Blessed Sacrament, in order to repair the outrages which the face of my
son Jesus received during His Passion and receives every day in the Holy
Eucharist, will be strengthened in Faith, prompt to defend it and to
overcome all difficulties internal and external. Further they will have a
peaceful death under the loving gaze of my Divine Son."
The same year Jesus appeared again covered with blood and with much sadness
said: "See how I suffer. Nevertheless I am understood by so few. What
ingratitude on the part of those who say they love me. I have given my
heart as a sensible object of my great love for man and I give My Face as a
sensible object of my sorrow for the sins of man, I desire that it be
honored by a special feast on Tuesday in Quinquagesima. The feast will be
preceded by a novena in which the faithful make reparation with me uniting
themselves with my sorrow." In 1939 Jesus said again: "I wish that My Holy
Face he honored in a particular manner on Tuesdays."
Mother Pierina felt the desire of Our Blessed Lady, manifested to her, very
pressing. She obtained permission from her spiritual Director and though
means were wanting, she set about the task of having a medal cast. She
obtained the permission of the photographer Bruner to take copies of the
Holy Shroud as reproduced by him, and also the permission of the venerable
Curia of Milan on the 9th August 1940. Financial means were still wanting,
but the confidence of the Reverend Mother made up for it. One morning she
found on her desk an envelope with the exact amount of the bill -- 11,200
lire. Our Blessed Lady had seen to it.
The devil, maddened at this, fell upon this soul to frighten it and prevent
the distribution of the medals: he threw her down in the corridor and down
the steps: he tore the images and pictures of the Holy Face, but she bore
up everything. She tolerated and sacrificed all in order that thus the Holy
Face may be honored.
Mother Pierina was worried because she got medals made instead of
scapulars. She turned to Our Blessed Lady to obtain peace of mind in the
matter. On the 17th of April, 1943 the Blessed Virgin appeared to her and
said: "My daughter, be calm, the Scapulars have been substituted by the
medal with the same promises and favors. It only remains to be distributed
widely. Just now my heart is set on the feast of the Face of My Divine Son.
Tell the Pope that it preoccupies me." She blessed her and departed.
The first medal of the Holy Face was offered to Pope Pius XII who approved
the devotion and the medal. On April 17th, 1958, he declared the Tuesday
before Ash Wednesday (Shrove Tuesday) as the Feast of the Holy Face of
As revealed to Mother Pierina, Tuesday is a day of reparation to the Holy
Face, particularly before the Blessed Sacrament. All are encouraged make a
visit to the Blessed Sacrament.
The Holy Face Medal is available in our Store for only 20 cents ea. We also
offer “The Holy Face of Jesus” leaflet
(http://olrl.org/pray/holy_face.shtml) for 4 cents ea.
Visit our Store at http://olrl.org/mm5/merchant.mvc.
Sincerely in Christ,
Our Lady of the Rosary Library
"Pray and work for souls"