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The Feast of the Holy Face of Jesus - the Human Face of God
O how great is your goodness, O Lord.You reserve it for your faithful; and you offer it to those who take refuge in Thee, before the presence of all. You hide this goodness before the solace of your rostrum from the intrigue of men; and you hid it in your Tabernacle, far from the quarreling tongues.
Psalm 31 (30):20-21
May the Lord bless and protect you. May the Lord make his Face shine over you and show you His grace. May the Lord make you discover his rostrum and thus grant you peace.
Numbers 6:24-26
He who receives my commandments and meets them, is the one who loves me; and the one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and will love Him and manifest in Him.
Saint Jude (not Iscariot) asked Jesus: "Lord, why are you going to manifest yourself to us and not to the world?" Jesus answered him: "Those who love me will be true to My word. And my Father will love them; we will all go to Him and will dwell with Him."
John 14:21-23
Jesus Christ as the Man of Sorrows by Carlo Dolci; (1616-1686)
The Holy Face of Jesus, 19th Century Russian depiction of the Icon-Not-Made-By-Hands, before the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ; https://iconreader.wordpress.com/2010/07/11/icon-not-made-with-hands/
Come to me, who adore Thee

The medallion of the Face of Christ that Saint Jude holds represents the miraculous icon of Edessa, the Holy Face of Jesus Not Made by Human Hands. The legend is that Abgar, the King of Edessa, stricken with leprosy, wrote the following letter to Jesus:

Abgar Ouchama to Jesus, the Good Physician Who has appeared in the country of Jerusalem, greeting: I have heard of Thee, and of Thy healing; that Thou dost not use medicines or roots, but by Thy word openest (the eyes) of the blind, makest the lame to walk, cleansest the lepers, makest the deaf to hear; how by Thy word (also) Thou healest (sick) spirits and those who are tormented with lunatic demons, and how, again, Thou raisest the dead to life.... Wherefore I write to Thee, and pray that thou wilt come to me, who adore Thee, and heal all the ill that I suffer, according to the faith I have in Thee.

Jesus, receiving the letter in Jerusalem, replied:

Blessed art thou who hast believed in Me, not having seen me, for it is written of me that those who shall see me shall not believe in Me, and that those who shall not see Me shall believe in Me. As to that which thou hast written, that I should come to thee, (behold) all that for which I was sent here below is finished, and I ascend again to My Father who sent Me, and when I shall have ascended to Him I will send thee one of My disciples, who shall heal all thy sufferings, and shall give (thee) health again, and shall convert all who are with thee unto life eternal.
The disciple referred to here is none other than Saint Jude. The legend goes on to recount that Abgar, having received Our Lord’s answer, wanted nothing so much as an image of His Face. He sent an artist to Jesus with instructions to paint the Divine Countenance. The artist had no success because of what he called "the inexpressible glory" in his Face, which changed in grace. Jesus, moved to pity, asked for a cloth, applied it to his Face, and entrusting it to the Apostle Jude, sent it back to King Abgar. When Abgar opened the cloth, he found himself before a miraculous image of the Holy Face of Jesus. This image, carried by the Apostle Jude to King Abgar, is said to be the model of every other icon of the Face of Christ.
Saint Jude, then, is the Apostle who comes to us bearing the image of the Vultus Christi. Jude, the Patron Saint of Impossible Causes, and Jude, the Apostle of the interior life is also Jude, the Apostle of the missionary life: he carries the Face of Christ to those who, like King Abgar, ask for healing and hope.
A Promise Fulfilled in the Most Holy Eucharist
The promise made by Our Lord in response to Saint Jude’s question is sufficient for us: "Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them" (Jn 14:21-23).... It is the sacred liturgy’s way of saying that the promise announced in these words of Our Lord is fulfilled for us in the adorable mysteries of His Body and Blood. Relying on that promise, we go forth from participation in the Holy Mysteries bearing the Eucharistic Face of Christ in our hearts.
Saint Jude, the Bearer of the Image of the Holy Face
Jesus to Sister Mary of Saint Peter
Prayer of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus
and the Holy Face
O Jesus, Who in Thy bitter Passion didst become "the most abject of men, a man of sorrows," I venerate Thy Sacred Face whereon there once did shine the beauty and sweetness of the Godhead; but now it has become for me as if it were the face of a leper! Nevertheless, under those disfigured features, I recognize Thy infinite Love and I am consumed with with the desire to love Thee and make Thee loved by all men. The tears which well abundantly in Thy sacred eyes appear to me as so many precious pearls that I love to gather up, in order to purchase the souls of poor sinners by means of their infinite value.
O Jesus, Whose adorable Face ravishes my heart, I implore Thee to fix deep within me Thy Divine Image and to set me on fire with Thy Love, that I may be found worthy to come to the contemplation of Thy glorious Face in Heaven. Amen
"See how I suffer. Nevertheless, I am understood by so few. What gratitude on the part of those who say they love me. I have given My Heart as a sensible object of My great love for man and I give My Face as a sensible object of My Sorrow for the sins of man.

I desire that it be honoured by a special feast on Tuesday in Quinquagesima (Shrove Tuesday - the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday). The feast will be preceded by a novena in which the faithful make reparation with Me, uniting themselves with my sorrow."
Jesus to Mother Pierina (Sister Mary of Saint Peter)
Prayer to the Holy Face of Jesus
O Holy Face of my sweet Jesus, by that tenderness of love and unspeakable grief with which the Blessed Virgin Mary beheld Thee in Thy painful Passion, grant that our souls may share in that great love and great sorrow, and fulfill more perfectly the Holy Will of God. Amen
On April 17, 1958, His Holiness Pope Pius XII approved the observance of a Feast of the Holy Face of Jesus on Shrove Tuesday (Tuesday before Ash Wednesday).
Shrove Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday) - Feast of the Holy Face of Jesus - the Human Face of God
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