Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Feast of the Holy Face of Jesus

St. Therese of Lisieux with picture of Holy Face of Jesus

In 1958, Pope Pius XII decreed that the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday be kept as the Feast of the Holy Face of Jesus.  With the reform of the liturgy, this feast generally passes unobserved except in places where the usus antiquior is popular.  St. Therese of Lisieux and Blessed Pope John Paul II, among many others, had an ardent devotion to the Holy Face.  The beloved monastery where we used to attend Novus Ordo Mass in Latin (until storm damage forced the chapel to be closed) is named for the Holy Face.  "A Reluctant Sinner" has much more on the Feast of the Holy Face here.

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