Lenten Preparation Novena to the Holy Face – The First Day – 13 February

Lenten Preparation
Novena to the Holy Face
To end on Shrove Tuesday,
The Feast of the Holy Face

For so many, Shrove Tuesday is a date on the calendar that is often overshadowed by Ash Wednesday that memorable day we wear the outward sign of repentance and recall our mortality. How much more meaningful will our Ash Wednesday be, if we first mark Shrove Tuesday as a Feast of the Holy Face, concluding the Novena we began in the time of preparation and beginning Lent more in love with the Countenance of Christ and, through Him, made more beautiful in our own soul. AMEN,
Let us Pray ………….

“I firmly wish that My Face reflecting the intimate pains of My Soul, the suffering and love of My Heart, be more honoured! Whoever gazes upon Me already consoles Me.” – (Our Lord Jesus Christ to Sister Pierina)

All those who, attracted by My Love and venerating My Countenance, shall receive, by virtue of My Humanity, a brilliant and vivid impression of My Divinity. This splendour shall enlighten the depths of their souls, so that in eternal glory the celestial court shall marvel at the marked likeness of their features, with My Divine Countenance.” … (Our Lord Jesus Christ to St Gertrude)

This Novena prayer may be said at any time but especially in the nine days leading up to the Feast of the Holy Face on Shrove Tuesday. The first Medal of the Holy Face was offered to Pope Pius XII who approved the Devotion and the Medal. In 1958, he formally declared the Feast of the Holy Face of Jesus as Shrove Tuesday.

(Console the Holy Face and recite Daily Preparatory Prayer) below.
Psalm 51:3-4.
Have mercy on me, O God in Thy goodness,
in Thy great tenderness wipe away my faults,
wash me clean of my guilt, purify me from my sin


O Most Holy and Blessed Trinity,
through the intercession of Holy Mary,
whose soul was pierced through
by a sword of sorrow
at the sight of the Passion of her Divine Son,
we ask Thy help,
in making a perfect Novena of Reparation with Jesus,
united with all His sorrows, love and total abandonment.
We now implore all the Angels and Saints
to intercede for us as we pray this Holy Novena
to the Most Holy Face of Jesus
and for the glory of the most Holy Trinity,
Father, Son and Holy Ghost.


O most Holy Face of Jesus,
look with tenderness on us who are sinners.
You are a merciful God,
full of love and compassion.
Keep us pure of heart,
so that we may see Thee always.
Mary, our Mother,
intercede for us,
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Through the merits of Your Precious Blood
and Your Holy Face, O Jesus,
grant us our petition………………
and Your pardon and mercy.

Almighty Father, Come Into Our Hearts
By St Augustine (354-430)

Almighty Father, come into our hearts
and so fill us with Thy love
that forsaking all evil desires,
we may embrace Thee, our only good.
Show us, O Lord our God,
what Thou art to us.
Say to our souls, I Am your salvation,
speak so, that we may hear.
Our hearts are before Thee,
open our ears,
let us hasten after Thy Voice.
Hide not Thy Face from us,
we beseech Thee, O Lord.
Open our hearts, so that Thou may enter in.
Repair the ruined mansions,
that Thou may dwell therein.
Hear us, O Heavenly Father,
for the sake of Thy Only Son,
Our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with Thee
and the Holy Ghost,
one God, now and forever.

Pray (1) Our Father, (3) Hail Marys, (1) Glory Be.

O Bleeding Face, O Face Divine,
be every Adoration Thine

(Three times)



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4 thoughts on “Lenten Preparation Novena to the Holy Face – The First Day – 13 February

  1. Dear Ana,

    I’m beyond grateful to you and your work. May God bless you and Mary pray for you.

    Please know you’re in our thoughts and prayers daily.

    Blessings in the Two Holy Hearts 💕.


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    1. Oh Stacy how kind you are! And how grateful I am to be on the receiving end.
      Thank you so much for these lovely words.
      You must be enjoying the Novena?
      I am too and my little rest 🙏😇💘


      1. Dear Ana,

        Such delight to have received your response. I feel as though I’ve known you for some time. How wonderful is our God to have connected us in this way?!

        I hope you’re getting the much needed rest you truly deserve.

        I have been enjoying the preparation to prepare during these weeks of Septuagesima, and I look forward to Lent. Yes, I’m also enjoying your version of the novena and added some prayers of my own, like the chaplet and litany :).

        I leave you with prayers for a joyous and fruitful Lenten season.

        May God bless you and Mary pray for you.

        Blessings in the Two Holy Hearts 💕


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  2. Dear Stacy
    The joy of being Catholic – we are One Family in One Head -wherever we are, however we meet, we are joined to that Head as His members and are, therefore, joined to each other too. When we find each other, we are not strangers, for we have lived together in that Mystical Body with Our Lord, our Head, for all our lives already! Gracious and glorious are the Mysteries of our Faith!

    I do not add the Litany etc here because most have little time in their day to do such a long Novena with care and devotion.

    And may your Lenten journey be blessed and holy Stacy.

    Blessed be the Most Holy Face! 🙌🙏


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