“Could you not watch with Me one hour?” – Jesus
Click here for a pdf document of the 1945 “Holy Hour of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus” by Soul Assurance Prayer Plan which includes many beautiful prayers including Prayer to the Holy Spirit, Act of Contrition, Act of Spiritual Communion, Acts of Reparation, Consecration to the Sacred Heart, The Sorrowful Mysteries, Preparation for a Happy Death, Prayer to Christ the King, Prayers for the Acts of Love, Faith, Charity and Hope, Prayers to the Holy Wounds of Christ, To Jesus Abandoned, and many others.
Let’s Share the Message of Divine Mercy!
Let’s Also Make Reparation to Jesus in the Eucharist!
The Duty of Reparation
“Many sins wrong our neighbor. One must do what is possible in order to repair the harm (e.g., return stolen goods, restore the reputation of someone slandered, pay compensation for injuries). Simple justice requires as much.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1459)
In the encyclical Miserentissimus Redemptor Pope Pius XI spoke of the duty of reparation:
“The creature’s love should be given in return for the love of the Creator, another thing follows from this at once, namely that to the same uncreated Love, if so be it has been neglected by forgetfulness or violated by offense, some sort of compensation must be rendered for the injury, and this debt is commonly called by the name of reparation”.
Reparation is a beautiful and essential element of our Catholic faith. It is one of the four ends of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It is also a type of prayer.
“By an attitude of prayer and penance, we will become attuned as individuals and as a community to this exhortation, so that we may grow in the gift of compassion, in justice, prevention and reparation.” (Vatican News – letter from the Pope)
“Ever since Adam and Eve, humans have tried to repair the damage they inflict upon other people. While Jesus Christ made the ultimate act of reparation on Calvary, Catholics believe that we still need to do what we can to repair the damage we have committed.”
“While this refers primarily to physical acts of reparation, it’s also possible to offer up prayers of reparation for both personal harm and damage done by other people. The Catholic Encyclopedia explains, ‘We are restored to grace through the merits of Christ’s Death, and that grace enables us to add our prayers, labors, and trials to those of Our Lord ‘and fill up those things that are wanting of the sufferings of Christ’ (Colossians 1:24). We can thus make some sort of reparation to the justice of God for our own offenses against Him, and by virtue of the Communion of the Saints, the oneness and solidarity of the mystical Body of Christ, we can also make satisfaction and reparation for the sins of others.’
“In this way we can help repair the spiritual damage that others have done and contribute to the healing of the world. Jesus Himself appeared to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and asked her to promote devotion to His Sacred Heart as a way to make reparation for various sins committed against Him.
“Prayers of reparation can also be thought of as ‘prayers of love,’ proclaiming to Jesus the love you have for Him, even when others reject him. It provides an opportunity to recognize the damage our sins have upon the world and to repair it by our acts of love.” (What are Prayers of Reparation – Catholics believe in the duty to repair the spiritual damage done by our sins and the sins of humanity: https://aleteia.org/2019/07/05/what-are-prayers-of-reparation/)
The Need for Reparation to the Eucharist
The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” CCC, 1324). Belief in transubstantiation – the changing of bread and wine into the real Body and Blood of Jesus Christ during Mass at the consecration is central to the Catholic faith.
Catholics attending Mass are encouraged to “convey the respect, solemnity, and joy of this moment when Christ becomes our guest” (CCC 1387). We adore the Eucharist, “not only during Mass, but also outside of it” (CCC 1378).
Unfortunately, faith in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist has hit a major low.
A Pew Research Center survey conducted in February of 2019 “finds that most self-described Catholics don’t believe this core teaching. In fact, nearly seven-in-ten Catholics (69%) say they personally believe that during Catholic Mass, the bread and wine used in Communion ‘are symbols of the body and blood of Jesus Christ.’ Just one-third of U.S. Catholics (31%) say they believe that ‘during Catholic Mass, the bread and wine actually become the Body and Blood of Jesus.’” Souls need to be properly catechized or re-catechized and evangelized.
We are called to conversion: not tomorrow, but today, at this very moment… Faith makes the human being unshakeable.
When the “first wave” of the coronavirus hit and public participation in the Mass was temporarily suspended in some places in 2020, many churches and numerous adoration chapels were closed. Since then, as of the writing of this page, many have not yet resumed their regular schedules.
Eucharistic Adoration has also therefore reached a low, despite some adorers doing more online adoration. Many have not yet returned to Mass. Many are not receiving Holy Communion. In the Most Holy Eucharist, Our Lord is left alone once again in Gethsemane. Yet Jesus waits patiently and continues to thirst for us.
Spiritually prepare your soul with Confession and spend as much time in prayer and adoration as and when you can. If your parish has not yet returned to its regular adoration schedule, try to at least fit in adoration and exposition, for example, before (and/or after) daily Mass. Many churches are usually open for at least an hour (or half an hour) before and after daily Masses and some keep the church open.
St. Padre Pio wrote that Jesus appeared to him saying, “My Heart has been forgotten. Nobody cares for My love; I am always grief stricken … My priests that I have always protected, who have always had My favour; they should comfort My grieving heart; they should help me in the redemption of souls, instead – who would believe it? They repay Me with ingratitude and rejection. I see many of these … who hypocritically betray Me with sacrilegious Communions, stomping on the grace and the strength that I constantly give them.”
We can use our visits and prayers to make little acts of reparation for the lack of proper catechesis on the Real Presence and other offences committed throughout history against the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Holy Eucharist. These include excuses for avoiding Eucharistic adoration, vandalization of statues and churches, satanic black masses, liturgical abuses, the Eucharist being trampled on and disrespected, and sacrilegious communions of those who receive the Blessed Sacrament in the state of mortal sin. Let’s pray that souls will know the happiness of repenting and experience forgiveness in the sacrament of Reconciliation.
In the 1900’s, the Angel of Peace appeared prior to the Blessed Virgin Mary to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, with a plea for reparation to the Eucharist. During the third apparition of the angel, he taught them what’s been called the Angel’s Prayer:
“Most Holy Trinity; Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference with which He is offended. By the infinite merits of His most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.”
Then, as the angel was giving the children Holy Communion, he said: “Take and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, horribly outraged by ungrateful men. Make reparation for their crimes and console your God.”
Let us pray and do our best to ensure that Our Lord will not remain alone in the churches, yearning for us to spend time with Him! St. Mother Teresa said: “The best time you will spend on earth, is the time you spend with your Best Friend, Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament!”
Let’s make atonement now by setting aside regular times to adore and make reparation where and when possible. If we are shut-in and deprived of the Real Presence, we are encouraged to do this at home. Let’s unite in praying the rosary in reparation during Eucharistic adoration and wherever we are.
Marian Apparitions Ask for Reparation
Our Lady of Akita, Japan: “Many men in this world afflict the Lord. I desire souls to console Him to soften the anger of the Heavenly Father. I wish, with my Son, for souls who will repair by their suffering and their poverty for the sinners and ingrates.”
The messages of Our Lady of Fatima emphasized the need for reparation. Mary asked the child visionaries to make sacrifices to save sinners.
Our Blessed Mother to Venerable Mary of Agreda:
“O my daughter! Would that the believers in the holy Catholic faith opened their hardened and stony hearts in order to attain to a true understanding of the sacred and mysterious blessing of the holy Eucharist! If they would only detach themselves, root out and reject their earthly inclinations, and, restraining their passions, apply themselves with living faith to study by the divine light their great happiness in thus possessing their eternal God in the holy Sacrament and in being able, by its reception and constant intercourse, to participate in the full effects of this heavenly manna!
“If they would only worthily esteem this precious gift, begin to taste its sweetness, and share in the hidden power of their omnipotent God! Then nothing would ever be wanting to them in their exile. In this, the happy age of the law of grace, mortals have no reason to complain of their weakness and their passions; since in this bread of heaven they have at hand strength and health.
“It matters not that they are tempted and persecuted by the demon; for by receiving this sacrament frequently they are able to overcome him gloriously. The faithful are themselves to blame for all their poverty and labours, since they pay no attention to this divine mystery, nor avail themselves of the divine powers, thus placed at their disposal by my most holy Son . . . Lucifer and his demons have such a fear of the most holy Eucharist, that to approach it, causes them more torments than to remain in hell itself.
“Although they do enter churches in order to tempt souls, they enter them with aversion, forcing themselves to endure cruel pains in the hope of destroying a soul and drawing it into sin, especially in the holy places and in the presence of the holy Eucharist.”
How to Make Reparation?
Repent, confess, pray in reparation, make holy hours, have Masses offered, fast…
Fr. John A. Hardon gave the following seven rules, three for penance and four for reparation:
- Pray! Share! 3. Forgive! – for penance, to make up for our failure in loving God. 4. Work! 5. Endure! 6. Deprive [oneself]! 7. Sacrifice! – in reparation for the punishment that we and others have deserved for our sins.
Father explained that: “As we look into our hearts we must humbly confess that truly, we have sinned, sinned often, sinned deeply, sinned willfully. But God is good. He gives us the privilege of not only expiating what we have done wrong, but actually becoming more pleasing to Him by our penance and reparation.
“It was no pious statement that Saint Paul gave us when he said, ‘Where sin abounded, grace has even more abounded’ (Romans 5:20). In other words, in God’s Providence, He allows us to sin so we might repent and become saints.”
The full article, “Penance and Reparation” is available at this link: https://mariancatechist.com/penance-and-reparation/
“One of the most common ways this was expressed in the past was when a church was vandalized. The parish community would then host a ‘night of reparation,’ offering up prayers to God to repair the spiritual damage done and to help restore our communion with God. It was a way to express love to God when others had expressed their hatred.
“Above all, prayers of reparation helps us understand that our actions have both physical and spiritual consequences. Justice requires that we repair the damage in both ways, invoking God’s healing touch upon our sins and the sins of the world.” (https://aleteia.org/2019/07/05/what-are-prayers-of-reparation/)
First Friday Communion of Reparation
“Receiving Holy Communion as part of a first Friday devotion is a Catholic devotion to offer reparations for sins through the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In the visions of Christ reported by St. Margaret Mary Alocoque in the 17th century, several promises were made to those people that practiced the first Friday devotions, one of which included final perseverance.
“The devotion consists of several practices that are performed on each first Friday of nine consecutive months. On these days, a person is to attend Holy Mass and receive Communion. In many Catholic communities the practice of the Holy Hour of meditation during the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament during the First Fridays is encouraged.” (Wikipedia)
Prayers of Reparation
An Act of Reparation to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament
Pope Pius VII granted an indulgence to everyone who, with contrition for his sins and with devotion, says the following Act of Reparation to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament
Jesus, my God, my Saviour, true God and true Man, with that most profound homage with which the faith itself inspires me, I adore and love Thee with my whole heart, enclosed in the most august Sacrament of the Altar, in reparation for all the acts of irreverence, profanation, and sacrilege, which I may ever have been so unhappy as to have committed, as well as for all such like acts that ever have been done, or which may be done, though God forbid they should be, in ages yet to come. I adore Thee, therefore, my God, not indeed as Thou deservest, nor as much as I am bound to adore, but as far as I am able; and I would that I could adore Thee with all the perfection of which all reasonable persons are capable. Meantime I purpose now and ever to adore Thee, not only for those Catholics who adore Thee not, and love Thee not, but also in the stead of, and for the conversion of all heretics, schismatics, impious atheists, blasphemers, impostors, Mahometans, Jews, and idolaters. Jesus, my God, mayest Thou be ever known, adored, loved, and praised every moment, in the most holy and divine Sacrament. Amen.
I adore Thee every moment, O living Bread of Heaven, Great Sacrament!
Jesus, Heart of Mary, I pray Thee send Thy blessing on my soul.
Holiest Jesu! loving Saviour! I give Thee my heart.
Pope Leo XII granted an indulgence to everyone who says the above Ejaculations with contrition, adding the following:
May all know, adore, and praise every moment, always, the most holy and divine Sacrament.
The Catholic Church’s:
Litany of Reparation in Honour of the Blessed Sacrament
Lord, have mercy on us; Lord, have mercy on us
Christ, have mercy on us; Christ, have mercy on us
Lord, have mercy on us; Lord, have mercy on us
God the Father of Mercy, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Mediator between God and man, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, the Enlightener of hearts, have mercy on us.
Holy and undivided Trinity, have mercy on us.
O Sacred Host! Victim of reparation for the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
O Sacred Host! Annihilated on the altar for us and by us, have mercy on us.
O Sacred Host! Despised and neglected, have mercy on us.
O Sacred Host! Neglected and abandoned in Thy temples, have mercy on us.
Be merciful unto us: Spare us, O Lord.
Be merciful unto us: Hear us, O Lord.
For so many unworthy Communions, We offer Thee our reparations, O Lord.
For the irreverence of Christians, We offer Thee our reparations, O Lord.
For the continual blasphemies of the impious, We offer Thee our reparations, O Lord.
For the infamous discourses made in Thy Holy Temples, We offer Thee our reparations, O Lord.
For the crimes of sinners, We offer Thee our reparations, O Lord.
For the sacrileges which profane Thee sacrament of love, We offer Thee our reparations, O Lord.
For the coldness of the greater part of Thy children, We offer Thee our reparations, O Lord.
For their contempt of Thy loving invitations, We offer Thee our reparations, O Lord.
For the infidelity of those who call themselves Thy friends, We offer Thee our reparations, O Lord.
For the abuse of Thy grace, We offer Thee our reparations, O Lord.
For our unfaithfulness, We offer Thee our reparations, O Lord.
For our delay in loving Thee, We offer Thee our reparations, O Lord.
For our tepidity in Thy Holy Service, We offer Thee our reparations, O Lord.
For Thy bitter sadness at the loss of souls, We offer Thee our reparations, O Lord.
For Thy long waiting at the door of our hearts, We offer Thee our reparations, O Lord.
For Thy loving sighs, We offer Thee our reparations, O Lord.
For Thy loving tears, We offer Thee our reparations, O Lord.
For Thy loving imprisonment, We offer Thee our reparations, O Lord.
For Thy loving death, We offer Thee our reparations, O Lord.
That Thou wouldst spare us, that You hear us, We sinners beseech Thee, hear us.
That You will make known Your love for us in this most Holy Sacrament, We sinners beseech Thee, hear us.
That You will vouchsafe to accept our reparation, made in the spirit of humility, We sinners beseech Thee, hear us.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world: Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world: Hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world: Have mercy on us, O Lord.
Let us pray:
Lord Jesus, Who has chosen to expose Thyself to all the outrages of the impious, rather than withdraw Thy Sacred Body from our Churches, grant us the grace to bewail, with true bitterness of heart, the injuries and sacrileges committed against Thee, and to repair as far as lies in our power, and with sincere love, the many ignominies and contempts Thou hast received, and still continue to receive, in this ineffable mystery, Who lives and reigns with God, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever. Amen.
Prayer to the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus
Heart of Jesus in the Eucharist,
I adore Thee.
Sweet Companion of our exile,
I seek Thee.
Holy God become man,
I beat with Thy Heart.
Eucharistic Heart of Jesus,
ignored by men,
have mercy on us.
Lover of our hearts,
pleading for Thy beloved,
patiently waiting for us,
eager to hear our confidences,
desirous of our devotion,
have mercy on us.
Heart of grace,
silent and wishing to speak,
Refuge of the hidden life,
Sharer of the secrets of union with God,
Eucharistic Heart of Jesus,
have mercy on us.
Jesus, Victim, I want to comfort Thee.
I unite myself with Thee.
I offer myself in union with Thee.
I count myself as nothing before Thee.
I desire to forget myself and think only of Thee,
to be forgotten and rejected for love of Thee,
not to be understood, not to be loved, except by Thee.
I will hold my peace that I may listen to Thee.
I will forsake myself in order to be lost in Thee.
Grant that I may quench Thy thirst for my salvation,
Your burning thirst for my sanctification,
and that, being purged, I may give Thee a true and pure love.
I no longer want to deny Your expectations.
Take me. I give myself to Thee.
I entrust to You all my actions and thoughts — my mind, that You may enlighten it,
my heart, that You may fill it,
my will, that You may establish it,
my soul and body, that You may feed and sustain them.
Eucharistic Heart of Jesus,
Whose Blood is the life of my soul,
may it no longer be I who live,
but You alone Who lives in me.
Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy as given to St. Faustina!
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity, of Thy Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world!
For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world!
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world!
Prayers Given at Fatima
MOST HOLY TRINITY, I adore Thee! My God, My God,
I love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
MY GOD, I believe, I adore, I trust, and I love Thee!
I ask pardon for those who do not believe,
do not adore, do not trust and do not love Thee.
(Prayer of Reparation to the Most Holy Trinity)
When the “Angel of Peace” appeared to the three children preceding Our Lady’s first appearance to them, he was “holding a Chalice in his hands, with a host above it from which some drops of blood were falling into the Sacred vessel.” The Angel left the chalice and host suspended in the air and prostrated himself upon the ground with the children and prayed the following prayer with them three times:
MOST Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly.
I offer Thee the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity
of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world,
in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifference
by which He is offended. And through the infinite merit
of His Most Sacred Heart, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners. Amen.
The Angel then rose, and taking the host he gave it to Lucy, and to Jacinta and Francisco he gave the contents of the chalice, saying as he did so: “Take and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, horribly outraged by ungrateful men. Repair their crimes and console your God.” Then he prostrated himself once more with the children and repeated the prayer to the Most Holy Trinity three times, before disappearing. Eucharistic Miracle that Occurred at Fatima
The Angel led the children to the Eucharist where they gained a great interior peace and happiness. In Sr. Lucy’s own words:
Impelled by the power of the supernatural that enveloped us, we imitated all that the Angel had done, prostrating ourselves on the ground as he did and repeating the prayers that he said. The force of the presence of God was so intense that it absorbed us and almost completely annihilated us. It seemed to deprive us even of the use of our bodily senses for a considerable length of time. During those days, we performed all our exterior actions as though guided by that same supernatural being who was impelling us thereto. The peace and happiness which we felt were great, but wholly interior, for our souls were completely immersed in God.
Francisco was totally filled with the desire of immersing himself in Eucharistic adoration in order to console God. Knowing that he would soon die, he discontinued school and would pass the entire day in adoration before the ‘hidden Jesus’ in the tabernacle. Fatima – Eucharistic Prayers
Our Lady of Fatima asked us to pray the Rosary daily with this
(To be said after the Glory Be at the end of each decade of the Rosary)
O MY JESUS, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell,
lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are most in need of Thy mercy.
Our Lady of Fatima said: “Many souls go to Hell because there are none to sacrifice themselves and to pray for them.” “Sacrifice yourselves for sinners and say many times, especially when you make some sacrifice:
O JESUS, it is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners,
and in reparation for the sins committed against
the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”
The Angel of Fatima said: “Offer prayers and sacrifices constantly to the Most High . . . Make of everything you can a sacrifice, and offer it to God as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners . . . Above all, accept and bear with submission the sufferings which the Lord will send you.”
The Chaplet of Adoration and Reparation
Desiring to encourage Eucharistic Adoration Bishop Peter Jugis granted his imprimatur for this chaplet on Dec. 8, 2004, during the Year of the Eucharist. He is the only bishop in the world to have granted an Imprimatur for the prayers of the Angel of Peace. In response to the Pope’s call for prayer and fasting, the Chaplet of Reparation and Adoration gained more popularity.
In 2018, the Pope asked all the faithful to pray and fast as a penance for the atrocities of a sex abuse scandals: “I invite the entire holy faithful People of God to a penitential exercise of prayer and fasting, following the Lord’s command. This can awaken our conscience and arouse our solidarity and commitment to a culture of care that says ‘never again’ to every form of abuse.”
“The penitential dimension of fasting and prayer will help us as God’s People to come before the Lord and our wounded brothers and sisters as sinners imploring forgiveness and the grace of shame and conversion.”
“In this way, we can show clearly our calling to be ‘a sign and instrument of communion with God and of the unity of the entire human race’ (Lumen Gentium, 1). If one member suffers, all suffer together with it”, said Saint Paul. By an attitude of prayer and penance, we will become attuned as individuals and as a community to this exhortation, so that we may grow in the gift of compassion, in justice, prevention and reparation.”
The Chaplet of Adoration and Reparation
Making the Sign of the Cross
(Kiss the Crucifix.)
(on the first bead and next three small beads:)
For the increase of Faith, Hope, and
Charity and the intentions of the Holy Father
1 Our Father / 3 Hail Marys / 1 Glory Be
(on the large bead before each decade:)
Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
I adore you profoundly, and I
offer You the Most Precious Body, Blood,
Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ,
present in all the tabernacles of the
world, in reparation for the outrages,
sacrileges, and indifference by which
He is offended, and by the infinite
merits of His Most Sacred Heart and
through the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
I beg the conversion of poor sinners.
(on the ten small beads of each decade:)
My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You!
I ask pardon for those who do not believe,
do not adore, do not hope and do not love You.
(following the ten small beads of each decade:)
1 Glory Be
“O Most Holy Trinity, I adore You!
My God, My God, I love You in the most
(end Chaplet with Hail Holy Queen Prayer:)
Hail Holy Queen
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy!
Our Life, our sweetness, and our Hope!
To Thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.
To Thee do we send up our sighs, mourning,
and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate,
thine eyes of mercy toward us;
and after this our exile show unto us the
blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
Pray for us O Holy Mother of God
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen
(Make the sign of the Cross)
Prayers of Reparation to the Holy Face of Jesus
As requested by Our Lord Jesus Christ. These prayers are to be said on Sundays and the Holy Days of Obligation, publicly (if possible), and preferably before the Blessed Sacrament or before the picture of the Holy Face.
Dear Lord, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, I (we) offer Thee these prayers in reparation for the sins which offend God the most in these modern times–the sins of BLASPHEMY and the PROFANATION OF SUNDAY and Thy Holy Days of Obligation:
One Our Father, Hail Mary,
and Glory Be to The Father
The “Golden Arrow” Prayer
Dictated by Our Lord to Sister Mary of St. Peter
After receiving this prayer, Sister Mary of St. Peter was given a vision in which she saw the Sacred Heart of Jesus delightfully wounded by this “Golden Arrow”, as torrents of graces streamed from It far the conversion of sinners.
May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable, most incomprehensible and unutterable Name of God be always praised, blessed, loved, adored and glorified, in Heaven, on earth, and under the earth, by all the creatures of God, and by the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Amen.
The Holy Face of Jesus from the image of Veronica’s veil
(The veil is kept in St. Peters Basilica, Rome)
Litany of the Holy Face in Reparation for Blasphemies and for the Conversion of Blasphemers
This Litany was composed by Sister Mary of St. Peter, and approved by Mgr. Morlot, Archbishop of Tours, in 1847. By a Rescript dated 27th of January 1853, His Holiness Pope Pius IX grants to all who recite, with a contrite heart, these prayers in honour of the Holy Face of Jesus Christ an indulgence of 100 days for each time; applicable to the souls in Purgatory.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
Holy Virgin Mary, pray for us.
(After each of the following phrases, say “have mercy on us”)
O adorable Face, which was adored with profound respect by Mary and Joseph when they saw Thee for the first time, have mercy on us.
O adorable Face, which in the Stable of Bethlehem didst ravish with joy the angels, the shepherds and the Magi,
O adorable Face, which in the Temple didst transpierce with a dart of love the saintly old man Simeon and the prophetess Anna,
O adorable Face, which was bathed in tears in Thy holy infancy,
O adorable Face, which, when Thou didst appear in the Temple at twelve years of age, didst fill with admiration the Doctors of the law,
O adorable Face, white with purity and ruddy with charity,
O adorable Face, more beautiful than the sun, more lovely than the moon, more brilliant than the stars,
O adorable Face, fresher than the roses of spring,
O adorable Face, more precious than gold, silver, and diamonds,
O adorable Face, whose charms are so ravishing, and whose grace is so attractive,
O adorable Face, whose every feature is characterized by nobility,
O adorable Face, contemplated by angels,
O adorable Face, sweet delectation of the Saints,
O adorable Face, masterpiece of the Holy Ghost, in which the Eternal Father is well pleased.
O adorable Face, delight of Mary and Joseph,
O adorable Face, ineffable mirror of the Divine perfections,
O adorable Face, whose beauty is always ancient and always new,
O adorable Face, which appeasest the wrath of God,
O adorable Face, which makest the devils tremble,
O adorable Face, treasure of graces and of blessings,
O adorable Face, exposed in the desert to the inclemencies of the weather,
O adorable Face, scorched with the heat of the sun and bathed with sweat in Thy journeys,
O adorable Face, whose expression is all divine,
O adorable Face, whose modesty and sweetness attracted both the just and sinners,
O adorable Face, which gavest a holy kiss to the little children, after having blessed them,
O adorable Face, troubled and weeping at the tomb of Lazarus,
O adorable Face, brilliant as the sun, and radiant with glory on the Mountain of Tabor,
O adorable Face, sorrowful at the sight of Jerusalem, and shedding tears on that ungrateful city,
O adorable Face, bowed down to the earth, in the Garden of Olives, and covered with confusion for our sins,
O adorable Face, bathed in a bloody sweat,
O adorable Face, kissed by the traitor Judas,
O adorable Face, whose sanctity and majesty smote the soldiers with fear and cast them to the ground,
O adorable Face, struck by a vile servant, shamefully blindfolded, and profaned by the sacrilegious hands of Thine enemies,
O adorable Face, defiled with spittle, and bruised by innumerable buffets and blows,
O adorable Face, whose Divine look wounded the heart of Peter, with a dart of sorrow and love,
O adorable Face, humbled for us at the tribunals of Jerusalem,
O adorable Face, which didst preserve Thy serenity when Pilate pronounced the fatal sentence,
O adorable Face, covered with sweat and blood, and falling in the mire under the heavy weight of the Cross,
O adorable Face, worthy of all our respect, veneration and worship,
O adorable Face, wiped with a veil by a pious woman on the road to Calvary,
O adorable Face, raised on the instrument of most shameful punishment,
O adorable Face, whose brow was covered with Thorns,
O adorable Face, whose eyes were filled with tears of blood,
O adorable Face, into whose mouth was poured gall and vinegar,
O adorable Face, whose hair and beard were plucked out by the executioners,
O adorable Face, which was made like to that of a leper,
O adorable Face, whose incomparable beauty was obscured under the dreadful cloud of the sins of the world,
O adorable Face, covered with the sad shades of death,
O adorable Face, washed and anointed by Mary and the holy women and wrapped in a shroud,
O adorable Face, enclosed in the sepulchre,
O adorable Face, all resplendent with glory and beauty on the day of the Resurrection, O adorable Face, all dazzling with light at the moment of Thy Ascension,
O adorable Face, hidden in the Eucharist,
O adorable Face, which will appear at the end of time, in the clouds, with great power and great majesty,
O adorable Face, which wilt cause sinners to tremble,
O adorable Face, which wilt fill the just with joy for all eternity,
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Found in the Manual of the Archconfraternity of the Holy Face (1887), pg. 150.
Prayer to Offer the Holy Face of Jesus to God the Father to Appease His Justice and Draw Mercy Upon Us
Almighty and Eternal Father, since it has pleased Our Divine Saviour to reveal to mankind in modern times the power residing in His Holy Face, we now avail ourselves of this Treasure in our great need. Since our Saviour Himself promised that by offering to Thee His Holy Face disfigured in the Passion we can procure the settlement of all the affairs of our household, and that nothing whatsoever will be refused to us, we now come before Thy throne.
Eternal Father, turn away Your angry gaze from our guilty people whose face has become unsightly in Your eyes. Look instead upon the Face of Thy Beloved Son; for this is the Face of Him in whom You are well pleased. We now offer Thee His Holy Face covered with blood, sweat, dust, spittle and shame, in reparation for the worst crimes of our age, which are atheism, blasphemy, and the desecration of Thy holy days. We thus hope to appease Thine anger justly provoked against us. The All-Merciful Advocate opens His mouth to plead our cause; listen to His cries, behold His tears, O God, and through the merits of His Holy Face hearken to Him when He intercedes for us poor miserable sinners.
Reparation for Insults to the Blessed Virgin Mary
Words of the Prayer from the Raccolta
O Blessed Virgin, Mother of God, look down in mercy from Heaven, where thou art enthroned as Queen, upon me, a miserable sinner, thine unworthy servant. Although I know full well my own unworthiness, yet in order to atone for the offenses that are done to thee by impious and blasphemous tongues, from the depths of my heart I praise and extol thee as the purest, the fairest, the holiest creature of all God’s handiwork. I bless thy Holy name, I praise thine exalted privilege of being truly Mother of God, ever Virgin, conceived without stain of sin, Co-Redemptrix of the human race. I bless the Eternal Father who chose thee in a special way for His daughter; I bless the Word Incarnate who took upon Himself our nature in thy bosom and so made thee His Mother; I bless the Holy Spirit who took thee as His bride. All honour, praise and thanksgiving to the ever-blessed Trinity who predestined thee and loved thee so exceedingly from all eternity as to exalt thee above all creatures to the most sublime heights. O Virgin, holy and merciful, obtain for all who offend thee the grace of repentance, and graciously accept this poor act of homage from me thy servant, obtaining likewise for me from thy Divine Son the pardon and remission of all my sins. Amen.
An Act of Reparation for Blasphemies Against the Blessed Virgin Mary
Most glorious Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, turn thine eyes in pity upon us, miserable sinners; we are sore afflicted by the many evils that surround us in this life, but especially do we feel our hearts break within us upon hearing the dreadful insults and blasphemies uttered against thee, O Virgin Immaculate. O how these impious sayings offend the infinite Majesty of God and of His only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ! How they provoke His indignation and give us cause to fear the terrible effects of His vengeance! Would that the sacrifice of our lives might avail to put an end to such outrages and blasphemies; were it so, how gladly we should make it, for we desire, O most holy Mother, to love thee and to honour thee with all our hearts, since this is the will of God. And just because we love thee, we will do all that is in our power to make thee honoured and loved by all men. In the meantime do thou, our merciful Mother, the supreme comforter of the afflicted, accept this our act of reparation which we offer thee for ourselves and for all our families, as well as for all who impiously blaspheme thee, not knowing what they say. Do thou obtain for them from Almighty God the grace of conversion, and thus render more manifest and more glorious thy kindness, thy power and thy great mercy. May they join with us in proclaiming thee blessed among women, the Immaculate Virgin and most compassionate Mother of God. Hail Mary (three times) – Raccolta, 1950
Fasting and Self-Denial
Repent, convert, perform acts of penance, practise mortification, and fast in some way on Wednesdays and Fridays according to your state in life and health condition, for the salvation and sanctification of souls, including your own.
Pdf of the above: Prayers of Reparation