Thursday, July 16, 2015
Devotion to the Holy Face: A Devotion Needed in our Times

A few days ago I was contacted by a reader of this blog who shared with me information on the Holy Face Devotion.  As this devotion has fallen into such disuse since Vatican II.  Quoting from the email I received:
Per some of your articles, especially on Fatima, might you also know of the established Holy Face Confraternity? There is one near you in Clintontownship, MI at the Discalced Carmelite monastery. The Archconfraternity is in Tours, France.

This fully approved apostolate of the Church is one of its best kept secrets, and yet it was established by Our Lord to make reparation for blasphemy and combat the evils of communism, something which Our Lady of Fatima warned about, i.e. the "errors of Russia."

This work of reparation and devotion seems to be deemed pre-Vatican II and relegated to the 19th century, but if there was a century more in need of this work of reparation, it is the 21st century.

The following is taken directly from  Please visit the site for more information and please help to spread awareness of this devotion.

Have you heard about the devotion of reparation to the Holy Face of Jesus? It is a devotion that was first heard of through a Carmelite Nun named Sister Mary of St. Peter in France, 1844, who stated Our Lord revealed this devotion to her at Mount Carmel. Sister Mary of St. Peter stated that Our Lord wanted this devotion to be spread throughout the world with the goal of making reparation for the sins which offend God.

When a man named Leo Dupont took this devotion and started practicing it privately in his home nearby, repeated first class miracles started occurring, which lasted for a period of over 30 years! This immediately became the talk of France, and attracted the attention of the Catholic Church, who investigated and publicly recognized the miracles as authentic. These miracles attest to the authenticity of the revelations from Our Lord to Sister Mary of St. Peter.

In 1885, to bring attention to the importance of this devotion, Pope Leo XIII established this special devotion as an Archconfraternity; and contrary to custom, He immediately established it for the ENTIRE WORLD. Note that numerous indulgences have been granted from several Popes, including Pope Pius IX and Pope Leo XIII, to those devoted to Devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus. Here are copies of the actual papal briefs by Pope Leo XIII in 1885:

First Papal Brief (December 16, 1884)
Second Papal Brief (April 22nd, 1885)
Third Papal Brief (October 1, 1885)
Indulgences Granted by Pope Leo XIII

Note that Saint Therese of Lisieux was also very dedicated to this devotion, which prompted to take the name, "Therese of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face". This devotion was universally practiced before World War I but unfortunately, has since become scarcely known. This website has been created in an attempt to revive this important devotion.

3 comment(s):

del_button August 6, 2015 at 9:06 AM
Unknown said...


"spread awareness of this devotion"

Indeed! Here is my Holy Face blog that you may like:

On St. Therese -

Devotion to the Holy Face was the Servant of God's Special attraction. As tender as was her devotion to the child Jesus, it cannot be compared to her devotion to the Holy Face

-Testimony of Mother Agnes at the Beatification.

God bless!

del_button May 17, 2016 at 7:16 PM
Anonymous said...

Yes this is a beautiful devotion indeed. The good news is -that this wonderful devotion was very much revived in the 20th century! There is a great resource that follows the journey of this devotion throughout the 19th and 20th centuries! Although, sadly, there are still many who wrongly believe this devotion got left behind in the 19th century? The English website at - has all the up to date information about the Holy Face devotion started by Sister Marie de Saint Pierre in the 19th century. God Bless!

del_button November 3, 2020 at 4:14 AM
John Smith said...

Here is an active track-back from this page. - right-click the link to avoid losing this page. Music from a dedicated Holy Face Hymnal, able to be sung.

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