The Little Psalter of The Most Holy Face

Holy Face of Manopello

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son,full of grace and truth. John 1:14

Throughout this pandemic and time of increased stress, whenever I found my anxiety level rising, I would go back to the basics. I would stare at the Holy Face of Jesus and remember that what I am called to do is to love. For me, looking at the Holy Face of Jesus causes the distractions to fall away, the fear, the anger, the confusion, it melts away when I look at the Face of the God who loves me.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. John 3:16

It seems fitting that a blog named Veil of Veronica would come to find so much solace in the Holy Face of Jesus. And it doesn’t require driving to church, I can close my eyes and picture him at any moment when I feel the fear rise in me.

A few years back my Spiritual Director went on a retreat to a priory in Ireland. Then later my friend Ashley gave me a devotion to the Holy Face from this same priory. I love this devotion because it can be prayed with a regular Rosary and it is easy to pray with another person.

I wrote to the Monks at the priory Silver Stream Priory who wrote this and I asked permission to print it. They replied several months later and I received permission, they signed their letter “The Monks”, which just made me smile. So with their permission, I reprint it here in English, but you can buy a card from them that has both English and Latin.

THE LITTLE PSALTER OF THE MOST HOLY FACE OF JESUS

The Little Psalter of the Holy Face consists of three parts of 50 invocations divided into decades. As with the Rosary of the Blessed Virgin, the three parts of the Little Psalter of the Holy Face need not be said all at once. If praying with another person, the + is when the leader can pray and the * is the response.

Opening Verse Thrice (prayed 3 times)

+ Hear, O Lord Jesus, the prayers of thy servant. * Cause Thy Face to shine upon Thy sanctuary

On the Pater beads (the Our Father beads)

+ My soul is athirst for God, the strong and living God; *when shall I come and appear before the Face of God?

On the Ave beads (the Hail Mary beads)

+ Thy Face, Lord Jesus, will I seek, * turn not away Thy Face from me.

To conclude each decade

+ Behold, O God our protector: * and look upon the Face of Thy Christ.

At the end of five decades, thrice (pray three times)

+ Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered: * and let them that hate Him flee from before His Face.

In conclusion

+ The light of Thy Face, Lord Jesus, is signed upon us; * Thou hast given gladness in my heart.

The Little Psalter of the Most Holy Face Prayer Card

My prayer for you is that this prayer brings you as much peace as it has for me. God Bless you all out there.

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22 Responses to The Little Psalter of The Most Holy Face

  1. Jean says:

    I have developed a huge devotion to the Holy Face . It is so important in these times we are in. I love the little chaplet. It definitely makes the demons take flight.

  2. Lfrancis says:

    Lovely prayer! Thank you for posting.

  3. Geminiano says:

    The miraculous Face of Christ on the headscarf of the Seraphim (aunt of Jesus) was created at this stage of the Way of the Cross (The VI Station), when the cross of the Savior was carried by Simon of Cyrene.
    The background of this image is transparent linen, so the Face is perfectly visible from both sides and that is why it was exposed in Manopello in such a way as to ensure that pilgrims can see this image both from the front and from the back.
    Now make a sketch of this Face on thin paper, with particular emphasis on the asymmetrical features of the image, namely bruises. Then, in any way, clearly mark where the right ear and the left ear of the Manopello’ Man is. Now turn your sketch and you will easily see that the image on the back belongs to another person, because one and the same bruise cannot be at the left and right temple of one and the same person at the same time. This is the greatest mystery of the Manopello’ Face. The Holy Savior Jesus Christ announces in this way – using the person of Saint Simon of Cyrene – that He is followed by someone else who is similar to Him as a twin brother. And it is not about the features of the physiognomy, but about the significance of this Person in the history of salvation. It is about the second Comforter, also known as the Paraclete. It is a man of flesh and blood, yet deified. With the revelation of the Paraclete, the revelation of the Sons of God will begin.
    November 14, Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, Fuente del Maestre, Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain. Church consecrated, 1987.
    P.S.
    Our Divine Master, Jesus Christ, is the Fountain that gives life to the Son of Consolation.

  4. Geminiano says:

    I didn’t make it up. I associate certain passages of the Holy Scriptures and the appearances of our Lady of All Nations in Amsterdam. If you still have patience with me, read on for quite a long description of our Lady’s last, the 56th apparition to Ida Peerdeman on May 31, 1959. https://1e785e72-7d7f-4a2b-8139-9805600fab04.filesusr.com/ugd/8bf140_c94d165554ac4ac6a10b3e524b8eb3e pdf [page no. 78]
    I am only quoting two passages:
    “I saw one Person, but all the while I kept thinking: and yet there are two. But
    when I looked, I saw only one. Still, it kept going through my head: and yet there are two. “…
    It is similar with the Face of Manopello: the painting is one, and yet it shows two different men!
    …. Then I [i.e. Ida] heard,
    “Whoever eats and drinks Me acquires eternal life and receives the True Spirit.” [quote end]
    Paraclete is not the bodiless Holy Spirit, but a person full of the Holy Spirit – he is one of the Sons of our Mother the Holy Church, the Fruit of the Eucharist and therefore his arrival was announced in Amsterdam, the city of the Eucharistic Miracle AD 1345.
    Nov. 15, Nossa Senhora do Rocio, Paranaguá, Paraná, Brazil
    P.S.
    Susan, take your time in announcing your verdict on the points I present to you. You are in the environment of theologians – talk to them and, above all, ask our Lord Jesus Christ about it.

    • I don’t know about that apparition but can look it up. I do know the Doctrinal teaching of the Church that’s stated in the catechism, which would trump any private revelation;

      CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
      SECOND EDITION

      PART ONE
      THE PROFESSION OF FAITH
      SECTION TWO
      THE PROFESSION OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH

      CHAPTER THREE
      I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

      ARTICLE 8
      “I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT”

      687 “No one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.”7 Now God’s Spirit, who reveals God, makes known to us Christ, his Word, his living Utterance, but the Spirit does not speak of himself. The Spirit who “has spoken through the prophets” makes us hear the Father’s Word, but we do not hear the Spirit himself. We know him only in the movement by which he reveals the Word to us and disposes us to welcome him in faith. The Spirit of truth who “unveils” Christ to us “will not speak on his own.”8 Such properly divine self-effacement explains why “the world cannot receive [him], because it neither sees him nor knows him,” while those who believe in Christ know the Spirit because he dwells with them.9

      688 The Church, a communion living in the faith of the apostles which she transmits, is the place where we know the Holy Spirit:

      – in the Scriptures he inspired;

      – in the Tradition, to which the Church Fathers are always timely witnesses;

      – in the Church’s Magisterium, which he assists;

      – in the sacramental liturgy, through its words and symbols, in which the Holy Spirit puts us into communion with Christ;

      – in prayer, wherein he intercedes for us;

      – in the charisms and ministries by which the Church is built up;

      – in the signs of apostolic and missionary life;

      – in the witness of saints through whom he manifests his holiness and continues the work of salvation.

      I. THE JOINT MISSION OF THE SON AND THE SPIRIT

      689 The One whom the Father has sent into our hearts, the Spirit of his Son, is truly God.10 Consubstantial with the Father and the Son, the Spirit is inseparable from them, in both the inner life of the Trinity and his gift of love for the world. In adoring the Holy Trinity, life-giving, consubstantial, and indivisible, the Church’s faith also professes the distinction of persons. When the Father sends his Word, he always sends his Breath. In their joint mission, the Son and the Holy Spirit are distinct but inseparable. To be sure, it is Christ who is seen, the visible image of the invisible God, but it is the Spirit who reveals him.

      690 Jesus is Christ, “anointed,” because the Spirit is his anointing, and everything that occurs from the Incarnation on derives from this fullness.11 When Christ is finally glorified,12 he can in turn send the Spirit from his place with the Father to those who believe in him: he communicates to them his glory,13 that is, the Holy Spirit who glorifies him.14 From that time on, this joint mission will be manifested in the children adopted by the Father in the Body of his Son: the mission of the Spirit of adoption is to unite them to Christ and make them live in him:

      The notion of anointing suggests . . . that there is no distance between the Son and the Spirit. Indeed, just as between the surface of the body and the anointing with oil neither reason nor sensation recognizes any intermediary, so the contact of the Son with the Spirit is immediate, so that anyone who would make contact with the Son by faith must first encounter the oil by contact. In fact there is no part that is not covered by the Holy Spirit. That is why the confession of the Son’s Lordship is made in the Holy Spirit by those who receive him, the Spirit coming from all sides to those who approach the Son in faith.15
      II. THE NAME, TITLES, AND SYMBOLS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

      The proper name of the Holy Spirit

      691 “Holy Spirit” is the proper name of the one whom we adore and glorify with the Father and the Son. The Church has received this name from the Lord and professes it in the Baptism of her new children.16

      The term “Spirit” translates the Hebrew word ruah, which, in its primary sense, means breath, air, wind. Jesus indeed uses the sensory image of the wind to suggest to Nicodemus the transcendent newness of him who is personally God’s breath, the divine Spirit.17 On the other hand, “Spirit” and “Holy” are divine attributes common to the three divine persons. By joining the two terms, Scripture, liturgy, and theological language designate the inexpressible person of the Holy Spirit, without any possible equivocation with other uses of the terms “spirit” and “holy.”
      Titles of the Holy Spirit

      692 When he proclaims and promises the coming of the Holy Spirit, Jesus calls him the “Paraclete,” literally, “he who is called to one’s side,” ad-vocatus.18 “Paraclete” is commonly translated by “consoler,” and Jesus is the first consoler.19 The Lord also called the Holy Spirit “the Spirit of truth.”20

      693 Besides the proper name of “Holy Spirit,” which is most frequently used in the Acts of the Apostles and in the Epistles, we also find in St. Paul the titles: the Spirit of the promise,21 the Spirit of adoption,22 the Spirit of Christ,23 the Spirit of the Lord,24 and the Spirit of God25 – and, in St. Peter, the Spirit of glory.26

      We are actually supposed to be “other Christs” when the spirit resides in us.

      • Geminiano says:

        692 When he proclaims and promises the coming of the Holy Spirit, Jesus calls him the “Paraclete,” literally, “he who is called to one’s side,” ad-vocatus.18 “Paraclete” is commonly translated by “consoler,” and Jesus is the first consoler.19 The Lord also called the Holy Spirit “the Spirit of truth.”

        “Jesus is the first consoler.”
        The first consoler/comforter has come in the body, so the second consoler/comforter must also come in the body. As spiritual and bodily beings, we perceive the best contact with another being that has a body. I think that the revelation of the person of the second consoler will be the subject of a great miracle – which, according to the Divine Mother’s announcement – is to take place in San Sebastian de Garabandal.

        Silverstream Priory in Ireland was founded by monks from Oklahoma. External circumstances forced them to do so: the “Easter” flood AD2011 destroyed their only monastery in Tulsa. On Easter Monday, April 25 (2011), there was a memorial of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Genazzano, Italy and on April 26, everywhere else in the Roman Catholic Church. The Holy Virgin is not alone but with a little Child. Can you see a counselor appearing here?
        I also paid attention to the date of the “imprimatur” of The Little Psalter of the Holy Face: March 7, 2021. Since the monks of Silverstream Priory celebrate Masses in the Extraordinary Rite, that Sunday they had the commemoration of St. Thomas Aquinas. Can you see that a Twin appears here, in addition related to water, because “aqua”? The water drove the monks from Tulsa to Ireland, or the Green Island. Green is the color of the Holy Spirit …

        Nov. 16, Feast of https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obraz_Matki_Bożej_Ostrobramskiej#/media/Plik:Lady_of_the_Gate_of_Dawn,_Vilnius_Lithuania.jpg
        Wikipedia:
        “In her Diary: Divine Mercy in My Soul, she writes of a mystical experience involving the icon in the Gate of Dawn chapel. On 15 November 1935, Saint Faustina was at the Gate of Dawn chapel participating in the last day of the novena before the feast day of the icon, 16 November. She writes of seeing the icon taking on “a living appearance” and speaking to her, telling her “accept all that God asked of me like a little child, without questioning; otherwise it would not be pleasing to God.”

      • The holy spirit is supposed to reside inside of each of us – not as a bodily person like Jesus. That would make the Holy Spirit the incarnation and the incarnation is Jesus. You seem to be misinterpreting what is taught about the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit dwells inside of us and we become other Christ’s. He is not another incarnation.

      • And the danger of thinking the Holy Spirit is a man like Jesus became a man is that then you can be fooled. Especially by the antichrist who will perform signs and wonders. Thessalonians 2:9

    • Sally says:

      On January 4, 2021, “the Vatican’s doctrinal office has urged Catholics not to promote ‘the alleged apparitions and revelations’ associated with the Marian title of ‘Lady of all Nations’,” according to a Dutch bishop [2]. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s appeal was announced in a clarification issued Dec. 30 by Bishop Johannes Willibrordus Maria Hendriks of Haarlem-Amsterdam. Hendriks, who as the local bishop is primarily responsible for evaluating the apparitions, said that he had decided to issue the statement after consulting with the Vatican’s doctrinal congregation, which guides bishops in the discernment process.

  5. Geminiano says:

    https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volto_Santo_di_Manoppello :
    [quote] The Holy Face of Manoppello and the origins of the Jubilee
    Not everyone knows that going to the origins of the Jubilee we find the Veil of Veronica. In 1208 the Veil was shown and publicly exhibited for the first time by Pope Innocent III , he granted indulgences to anyone who prayed in front of it. This ostension, which took place in a procession between the basilica of San Pietro and the church of Santo Spirito in Sassia , became an annual event and on one such occasion, in 1300, Pope Boniface VIII was inspired to proclaim the first Jubileeof history, during which the veil of Veronica was publicly displayed and became one of the “Mirabilia Urbis” and considered by pilgrims visiting Rome as the most precious of all Christian relics [10] [11] [12] .”
    Such a discovery! The first Jubilee Year in the history of the Roman Catholic Church (AD 1300) is associated with the Holy Face/Volto Santo! Did you know that the Church of Santo Spirito in Sassia is the Roman Sanctuary of Divine Mercy?
    Wikipedia: “On 1 January 1994 thevicar cardinal Camillo Ruini elevated the church to the center of the Spirituality of Divine Mercy , linked to the figure of Sister Faustina Kowalska subsequently proclaimed a saint by the Catholic Church, establishing the sanctuary of Divine Mercy.”

  6. Geminiano says:

    Susan says: “The Holy Spirit dwells inside of us and we become other Christ’s. He is not another incarnation.”
    I was not talking about the incarnation of the Holy Spirit as a person with a physical body. I am talking about something else: to become a second Christ, one must be filled with the Holy Spirit. The other counselor is a person full of the Holy Spirit, but he is not the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is the firstborn of many brothers. All creation awaits the manifestation of the Sons of God. The plural begins with number two: the manifestation of the Sons of God will begin with the revelation of the other counselor / comforter. Paraclete is not the proper name of the Holy Spirit, but a definition of the role of one of the Sons of God.
    And God’s Daughters? What about them? After all, you’ll never stop being a woman, Susan.
    Nov. 16, St. Gertrude the Great
    https://www.deviantart.com/theophilia/art/St-Gertrude-the-Great-icon-413743620

    • I think you have confused me even more now.
      Are you speaking of a type of second pentecost? or are you saying there is more than 3 persons in the Blessed Trinity and that Jesus is just one of them? (which would be heretical).

      • Geminiano says:

        Susan, you feel confused because you have come close to the edge of what God has revealed so far about Himself. The Lord Jesus said: “I still have a lot to tell you, but now you cannot bear it.” You don’t think our Lord is trying to reveal some trivial things to us? This is where your confusion comes from when I talk about the Sons and … Daughters of God and about the Paraclete who is the Son of God – the second counselor.

        Susan: “…a type of second pentecost?”
        The second Pentecost is the main subject of the apparitions of the Lady of All Nations in Amsterdam and our Lady concluded it in her famous prayer:
        “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Father, send now Your Holy Spirit over the earth. Let
        the Holy Spirit live in the hearts of all Nations, that they may be preserved from
        degeneration, disaster and war. May the Lady of All Nations, who once was Mary,
        be our Advocate! Amen. ”

        If there were more than three persons in the Holy Trinity – God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit – it would not be the Trinity.

        Susan: “…and that Jesus is just one of them?”
        [Mark 3:34-35]: “Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” Words matter, especially in the mouth of Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word.

        Nov. 17, St. Gertrude the Great (in the Benedictine order, so also in Silverstream Priory, I suppose.)
        P.S.
        Susan, would you please ask your friend in Ireland what image of the Holy Face are venerated by the bebedictines in this priory.

      • No I was confused because of the way you stated things. You started out saying what sounded like the Holy Spirit becoming an incarnation. A “twin” a man with a body, which is wrong.
        Then later you said that wasn’t what you were saying.
        Now it sounds like you are saying we will have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us (which is correct – those who are brothers and sisters of Christ – are those who do the will of the Father).
        I am curious, is English your first language?
        I am asking because maybe there were mistranslations? As I reread what you wrote – I think you were trying to say Simon of Cyrene was filled with the Holy Spirit and that the Face of Manapello seems to show both Jesus and Simon.
        I am sorry if I misunderstood what you were saying, the way it was written was confusing to sort through.
        You said there was a twin a “man” and referenced the paraclete so it sounded like you were saying the Holy Spirit was a man.
        Again, I apologize if I misunderstood you.
        The 3rd person of the Blessed Trinity can dwell within us, making us adopted sons and daughters of God. The more we receive the sacraments the more purification we undergo so God can lift us.
        Is this what you are trying to say?

    • Sally says:

      Geminiano, You’ve obviously done a great deal of research. That is commendable. My question in reading all of this would be is how are you applying this knowledge in your life? Are you doing even greater works than Jesus, as He said? Are you healing the sick, raising the dead, driving out demons? Are you feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and setting the captives free? How are you applying this in your life and the lives of others? To become like Christ bears a duty. Can you give some examples as to how people are experiencing Christ’s presence in your life as a result of your vast knowledge? Thanks, and God bless you.

      • Geminiano says:

        “…how are you applying this knowledge in your life?”
        Sally, do you want me to confess my works of mercy to you? As for miracles, see what the Lady of All Nations says about it [April 1, 1951]:
        “And now I am speaking to those who want a miracle. Very well then, I tell them: go with great ardor and zeal about this work of redemption and peace, and you will behold the miracle. This is my message for today, because time presses. A great action must be set on foot for the Son and the Cross, and for the Advocate and bearer of tranquility and peace, the Lady of All Nations.”
        Note that Our Lady uses the title ‘Advocate’ here for herself. An article from our Catechism says: [692] When he proclaims and promises the coming of the Holy Spirit, Jesus calls him the “Paraclete,” literally, “he who is called to one’s side,” ad-vocatus. [end of quote]
        It gets even more interesting: ‘Advocatus’ and ‘Advocate’, two personalities appear in the apparitions in Amsterdam, a man and a woman.
        Sally: “Can you give some examples as to how people are experiencing Christ’s presence in your life as a result of your vast knowledge?”
        I will refer to an example that I have at hand: Your reaction to my writing, Sally, is the best answer to your question.

        Nov. 17, bl. Salomea of Galicia
        Wikipedia: “The name [Sally] originated as a pet name for the Hebrew name Sarah, but has since become used independently. It is also a nickname for Salome…”
        “In Arabic, Sarah means “joy” or “delight”. In Hebrew, it means “woman of high rank”, often simply translated as “princess”.”
        “Salome is a feminine name derived from the Hebrew word shalom, meaning “peace”.”
        “In medieval tradition [st.] Salome (as Mary Salome) was counted as one of the Three Marys who were daughters of Saint Anne, so making her the sister or half-sister of Mary, mother of Jesus.” [end of quotes]
        As you can see, st. Salome accompanied the Holy Savior in his passion and resurrection. She probably also knew Seraphia (Saint Veronica) personally, so she was one of the first to see a headscarf with the Holy Face, as well as burial cloths, which we know as the Shroud of Turin.
        Sally, “Princess”, have Peace in your heart!

      • Sally says:

        Geminiano.
        First and foremost, as I stated above, the “Our Lady of All Nations” is not to be promoted. Much of your spiritual understanding rests in this apparition. If it was not of God, where does that place your understanding?
        Your use of flattery to distract in conversing about your theories is noted.
        You obviously have a love of God but are highly focused on figuring out His will. Much of your theory is confusing and contradictory. If it were Truth, there would be no confusion, nor any contradiction.
        I do not want you to confess your works of mercy, if any. My point being your writings point to extensive time spent researching and interpreting various signs and workings. If we are truly disciples as Jesus said certain signs would accompany us. Jesus Himself told the Pharisees if they could not believe by His words, then believe because of His works.
        In closing, due to the ruling on Our Lady of All Nations, this blog is not the place to be promoting those messages or theories. May God bless you in your search for Truth.

  7. Geminiano says:

    @Susan
    “…is English your first language?” Nope.
    S: “I think you were trying to say Simon of Cyrene was filled with the Holy Spirit and that the Face of Manapello seems to show both Jesus and Simon.”
    No, I wasn’t trying to say that. I tried to bring out the hidden symbolism of the Holy Face icon. God communicates with us not only through oral and recorded statements in the Bible or in the writings of mystics, but also in a non-verbal manner. The Holy Face of Manopello is a perfect example of this. I have suggested to you, Susan, that you carry out a simple experiment with the drawing of the face to reveal this surprising quality of the Manopello icon, namely twinness, in the absence of identical front and rear views of the Holy Face. I don’t know if you’ve done this experiment, so it’s hard for me to explain something to you (regardless of language deficiencies) if you don’t follow my directions.
    I suppose you are practicing the Way of the Cross. Note that in the 4th Station, Jesus meets his Mother, and in the next, the 5th, our Lord receives a helper to carry the cross in the person of Simon of Cyrene. The city of Cyrene in Libya was founded by the nymph Kyrene. The name Kyrene means Sovereign Lady (Queen). The name Simon means “(God has) heard” – implicitly: God heard the request of the Divine Mother (Sovereign Queen) to assign a helper to the Savior during his Via Crucis. When Simon took over the cross, the Lord Jesus was able to breathe and then, the 6th Station, Seraphia appeared with the linen cloth.
    Simon of Cyrene was a pagan, but in the proximity of the Lord Jesus he experienced the grace of conversion. Simon, as a converted man and as our Lord’s helper, is a type (prefiguration) of the Paraclete. This is what I wanted to say.

    Nov. 18, Dedication of the Basilicas of Peter * and Paul **

    * The church of Saint Peter on the Vatican hill, where a temple of Apollo, and another of Idæa, mother of the gods, before stood – this also matters.
    ** Saint Paul, as a great convert and helper of Saint Peter, is also a type (prefiguration) of the Paraclete.
    P.S.
    Honestly, I am not easy to understand because I use symbolism to explain other symbolism. It takes a lot of intellectual effort to understand what I mean.

  8. anawim says:

    Psalm 131 comes to mind about now …A song of ascents. Of David.

    LORD, my heart is not proud;

    nor are my eyes haughty.

    I do not busy myself with great matters,

    with things too sublime for me.

    Rather, I have stilled my soul,

    Like a weaned child to its mother,

    weaned is my soul.

    Israel, hope in the LORD,

    now and forever.

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