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Friday, September 17, 2010

Little Chaplet of the Holy Face

The purpose of the Crown of the Chaplet of the Holy Face, is to honour the Five Wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and to ask of God the triumph of His holy Church.  The 33 small (0) beads represent the 33 years of the mortal life of our Divine Lord.
The first 30 recall to us the 30 years of His hidden life, and are divided into 5 parts of 6 beads each, in honour of the senses of touch, hearing, sight, smell, and taste of Jesus, and, as they were situated principally in His holy Face, to render reparative homage for all the sufferings which our Lord has endured in His Face through each of these senses. 
The remaining 3 small beads mark the 3 years of the public life of Our Lord, and have for their intention to honour all the wounds of His adorable Face.
The Glory Be is recited 7 times in honour of the 7 last words of Jesus upon the cross and the 7 Dolors of the Immaculate Virgin.
This chaplet was composed by Sister Saint-Pierre, a Carmelite of Tours.  St. Athanasius relates that the devils, on being asked what verse in the whole Scripture they feared the most, replied:
"That with which the 67th Psalm commences: 'Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered, let them that hate Him flee from before His Face.'."  They added that this always compelled them to take flight.

Medal of the Holy Face.
...................0 0 0 0 0 0  X  0 0 0 0 0 0  X  0 0 0
C  X  0 0 0  X  M (....................................... )
...................0 0 0 0 0 0  X  0 0 0 0 0 0  X  0 0 0

On the Crucifix:
Incline unto my aid, O God.  O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory Be
On each large (X) bead:
My Jesus Mercy
Glory Be
On each small (0) bead:
Arise, O Lord! and let Thy enemies be scattered, and let them that hate Thee fly before Thy Face.
Conclude with:
God, our Protector, look down upon us and cast Thine eyes upon the Face of Thy Christ.

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