"As in a kingdom one can procure all that is
desired with a coin stamped with the King's effigy, so
in the Kingdom of Heaven one will obtain all that one
desires with the precious coin of my Holy Face."
~ Words of Our Lord to Sr. Marie of St. Peter,
Carmelite Mystic (d. 1848)
of Our Lord, as miraculously imprinted on the Shroud of Turin (right).
sorrow and love of my heart, be better honored. He, who contemplates
me (the Holy Face), consoles me."
"Illumina Domine Vultum Tuum Super Nos"
... while the reverse of the medal displays the Blessed Sacrament surrounded with:
"Mane Nobiscum Domine"
The Holy Face Medal, as it came to be called, spread rapidly with innumerable favors being attributed to its pious use. Through Madre Pierina, Jesus conveyed the following promise to all peoples who will exercise this devotion:
disfigured by blasphemers, I will take care of yours, which has been
disfigured by sin. I will reprint on it my image, and render it as beautiful
as it was on leaving the baptismal font. I promise personal and
spiritual protection to all who venerate this medal."
Madre Pierina was declared a Blessed by the Catholic Church on May 30, 2010, sparking renewed interest in her life and work. The message entrusted to her by Heaven has inspired me to wear a Holy Face Medal daily (for over 15 years now) and it has proven to be a source of benediction and spiritual comfort for me. I encourage all Catholics (and even non-Catholics) to wear it, too. For more information about the Holy Face Devotion and Madre Pierina, please visit the website of the Holy Face Association: http://www.holyface.com/.
I close this post by sharing one more promise attached to this medal and devotion. This one was given by Our Lady during one of her private apparitions to Bl. Maria Pierina de Micheli.
a visit to the Blessed Sacrament, in order to repair the outrages to the
Holy Face of my son, Jesus, received during his Passion and every day in the
Holy Eucharist, will be strengthened in faith... prompted to defend it...
and will overcome all difficulties internal and external. Furthermore, they
will have a peaceful death under the loving gaze of my Divine Son."
~ Words of Our Lady to Madre Pierina