Part 3A

 

Part 3A

Adoration of His Holy Name & Holy Face

The Prayer

of

ADORATION

Through

The Words of God the Father,

The Lessons of Our Lord Jesus Christ,

The Messages of Our Lady of Emmitsburg,

The Catechism of the Catholic Church

and its Saints

(Compiled by Michael T. Sullivan, MD)



“…But the hour cometh, and now is,

when the true adorers shall adore the Father in Spirit and in Truth.

For the Father also seeks such to adore Him….”

(Jn 4:23)

Introduction

Catholic tradition and teaching most often refer to “prayer” as a lifting up of one’s spirit to God for the purpose of praise and adoration, thanksgiving, petition and/or reparation.  In this specific compilation of the spiritual gifts given to the world by God the Father, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and Our Lady of Emmitsburg through their messenger and prophet, Gianna Talone Sullivan, supplemented by the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the writings of the Saints, we hope to review and come to better understand the “Prayer of Adoration.”

In the online Modern Catholic Dictionary, the word “adoration” is defined as “the act of religion by which God is recognized as alone worthy of supreme honor because he is infinitely perfect, has supreme dominion over humans, and has the right to human total dependence on the Creator. It is at once an act of mind and will, expressing itself in appropriate prayers, postures of praise, and acts of reverence and sacrifice.”

God made it very clear to Moses when he was leading the Jews out of Egypt that the primary obligation of humanity towards its Creator was one of adoration.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church goes into considerable detail in explaining this in its discussion of the first of the Ten Commandments.

 

 

Part 3A

Adorable:  His Holy Name & Holy Face

 

Over the centuries there have developed many devotions in the Church.  Some of these have been given by God through His Saints and prophets, while others have been given to the faithful through less specific means.  The devotions, if appropriate, are usually directed through that saint or prophet to God: Father, Son and/or Holy Spirit as well as to Our Blessed Mother Mary.  Often they are indirectly applied to Them through the personification of one of their attributes, such as the Love or Mercy, or even one of the parts of their body or spirit.  In this section, we will review those devotions applied to Jesus through His Most Adorable Holy Name, His Most Adorable and Precious Blood, His Adorable Holy Face, and His Adorable Divine Will:

 

 

Adoration of the Holy Name of Jesus

Long before the Name of “Jesus” was ever spoken, there still existed great respect for the Name of God.  In fact, in pre-biblical times, the name “Yahweh” was spoken only once a year, and that being by the High Priest.  In more recent translations, “Jehovah” has more commonly been used instead of “Yahweh.”

 

“…I AM the Lord, your God.

Keep, then my statutes and decrees,

for the man who carries them out will find life through them.

I AM the Lord….”

(Lev 18:4-5)

 

Marie of St. Peter, 1816-1848), a French Discalced Carmelite nun is best known for starting, at the request of Jesus Himself, the Devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus at the request of Jesus through a series of private revelations for the express purpose of making reparation for the many blasphemies and profanities against Him taking place in the world.  These devotions have been approved through a Papal Brief by Pope Leo XIII in 1885.  However, in this prayer she directs praise and adoration to the Holy Name of God:

 

 

PRAYER OF REPARATION

IN PRAISE OF THE HOLY NAME OF GOD

ENTITLED

"THE GOLDEN ARROW"

May the most Holy, most Sacred, most Adorable, 
Most Incomprehensible and Ineffable 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.

(Dictated by Our Lord to Sr. Marie of St. Peter)

 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church

I. The Name of the Lord is Holy

2142  The second commandment prescribes respect for the Lord’s name. Like the first commandment, it belongs to the virtue of religion and more particularly it governs our use of speech in sacred matters.

2143  Among all the words of Revelation, there is one which is unique: the revealed name of God. God confides his name to those who believe in him; he reveals himself to them in his personal mystery. The gift of a name belongs to the order of trust and intimacy. “The Lord’s name is holy.” For this reason man must not abuse it. He must keep it in mind in silent, loving adoration. He will not introduce it into his own speech except to bless, praise, and glorify it.

2144  Respect for his name is an expression of the respect owed to the mystery of God himself and to the whole sacred reality it evokes. The sense of the sacred is part of the virtue of religion:

Are these feelings of fear and awe Christian feelings or not?... I say this, then, which I think no one can reasonably dispute. They are the class of feelings we should have—yes, have to an intense degree—if we literally had the sight of Almighty God; therefore they are the class of feelings which we shall have, if we realize His presence. In proportion as we believe that He is present, we shall have them; and not to have them, is not to realize, not to believe that He is present.

2145  The faithful should bear witness to the Lord’s name by confessing the faith without giving way to fear.  Preaching and catechizing should be permeated with adoration and respect for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2146  The second commandment forbids the abuse of God’s name, i.e., every improper use of the names of God, Jesus Christ, but also of the Virgin Mary and all the saints.

 

The Holy Family Takes Form

 “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.

Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a Son,

and you shall name Him ‘Jesus.’

He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High,

and the Lord God will give Him the throne of Davis his father,

and He will rule over the house of Jacob forever,

and of His Kingdom there will be no end….”

(Lk 1: 31-33)

 

“…Joseph, son of David,

do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.

For it is through the Holy Spirit that this Child has been conceived in her. 

She will bear a Son and you are to name Him ‘Jesus,’

because He will save His people from their sins.”

(Mt 1:20-21)

 

God the Father had a Plan, a most adorable Plan, through which fallen humanity would be saved.  That Plan took form in the community of family, a reflection of the Love within the Holy Trinity.  Our Lady of Emmitsburg shares how this new Holy Family, united in prayer,  would be worthy of praise, would become the model for all families to follow in their own quest for “holiness,” and would give God great glory, a glory that in turn would overflow back onto our families:

 

“…My little children, pray together in your families….The family unit as you know it today is changing….The Sacrament of God’s Love in marriage is for man and woman.  The fruit of this love is to bear children and to bring them up with good morals.  Look to the Holy Family as your example….Defend the family unit as God your Creator designed…”  (Public OLOE, May 23, 1996)

 

“…Reflect on the Holy Family and ponder the way We lived as We walked the earth….As you praise the Holy Family, then you yourselves in your own families will realize that you are not only invited to be holy, but you can be holy…..Focusing on the Holy Family protects you….It inspires you to live fully within my Son’s means and through the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  It invites you to the humility, righteousness, and justice exemplified with great zeal and love by my beloved Joseph.  And it blesses you with the omnipotence of the Child Jesus Whose power and glory reign on this earth and throughout the entire universe….Then all your works, whether or not visible through the eyes of humanity, are visible to the Holy Trinity to Whom great glory is given….Then that same glory overflows onto your families….So thank God and thank this Holy Family, and you shall be one also; for all are invited to be holy….”   (Public OLOE, Aug. 22, 2003)


 

So Too, throughout Church History

St. Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles

The Name of Jesus is the Glory of Preachers

The Name of Jesus is the glory of preachers, because the shining splendor of that name causes his word to be proclaimed and heard. And how do you think such an immense, sudden and dazzling light of faith came into the world, if not because Jesus was preached? Was it not through the brilliance and sweet savor of this name that God called us into his marvelous light?... 

“So this Name must be proclaimed, that it may shine out and never be suppressed. But it must not be preached by someone with sullied mind or unclean lips, but stored up and poured out from a chosen vessel. That is why our Lord said of Saint Paul: ‘He is a chosen instrument of mine, the vessel of my choice, to carry My Name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel.’….

“…So when Paul's voice was raised to preach the Gospel to the nations, like a great clap of thunder in the sky, his preaching was a blazing fire carrying all before it. It was the sun rising in full glory. Infidelity was consumed by it, false beliefs fled away, and the truth appeared like a great candle lighting the whole world with its brilliant flame.

“By word of mouth, by letters, by miracles and by the example of his own life, Saint Paul bore the Name of Jesus wherever he went. He praised the Name of Jesus at all times, but never more than when bearing witness to his faith. Moreover, the Apostle did indeed carry this Name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel as a light to enlighten all nations. And this was his cry wherever he journeyed: ‘The night is passing away, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves honorably as in the day.’ Paul himself showed forth the burning and shining light set upon a candlestick, everywhere proclaiming ‘Jesus, and Him crucified.’

“…The psalmist exhorts him to do this, as he says: 

Sing to the Lord, and bless His Name,

proclaim His salvation day after day.’

And this salvation is Jesus, her Savior.

(From a sermon by Saint Bernardine of Siena, priest (Sermo 49, De glorioso

Nomine Iesu Christi, cap 2: Opera omnia, 4. 505-506) 

The spread of the Devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus is often attributed to St. Bernardine of Siena (1380-1444), whose ministry as an Italian Franciscan Friar and preacher often centered around the Adorable Name of Jesus and its power.  It is said that the Name of Jesus in his hands became the “rainbow of peace.”  The three letters, JHS, which represented that Holy Name, became familiar to most of the faithful in his time and were sculpted, engraved and painted everywhere; thus did the Catholic people acquire a new expression of their religion and their love toward the Savior of men.

Let us reflect on some of St. Bernardine’s preaching on the Holy Name of Jesus:


“…The Name of Jesus is the refuge of the penitent sinner, a refuge full of meekness in which majesty effaces itself, tenderness becomes sweeter, Divine Mercy appears in Its grandeur. The Name of God is awesome; in it is found the ardor of the flame which consumes, the wrath which chastises, the weight which crushes; but all these things have been tempered in the wellspring of mercy by Jesus Christ Who was smitten with love for us in the womb of the Virgin Mary….
“…The Name of Jesus
is the banner of combatants . . . We have three kinds of enemies: the world, the flesh and the devil. If the devil rises up against you, do not be afraid, but lift the banner of salvation against him by invoking Jesus. ‘In My Name," He says, "cast out devils.’ [Mark 16: 17]….
“…The Name of Jesus
is a remedy for our infirmities; it gave sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, nimbleness to the lame, speech to the mute, life to the dead . . . When you feel some suffering, you or yours, without neglecting natural remedies, have recourse to the Name of Jesus . . . I have learned from witnesses worthy of faith that in our days, many have laid their hands on the sick, according to the divine precept, and have invoked the Name of Jesus, and those illnesses were healed….
“…The Name of Jesus
is the comfort of those who suffer. God does not let His servants fall in temptation, yet He exposes them to the pains of life. But then, far be it from us to despair! Let us not forget the sweet Name of Jesus, let us invoke it especially then….
“…The Name of Jesus
is the glory of those who believe. The main base of the Faith is the Name of Jesus; that Name upholds the edifice; upon it the pillars rise; upon it the summit of the monument rests, and that summit is Heavenly beatitude. The Catholic Faith resides in the knowledge of Jesus Christ; He is the light of the soul, the gateway to life, the foundation of eternal salvation. 
“…The Name of Jesus
is the torch of the word of God. Saint Bernardine says, ‘How can you believe that a light so great, so sudden, so bright, would have shone in the whole world, if not by the preaching of the Name of Jesus?’….When the tongue of Paul, like a thunderclap, like the sun at its brightest, made itself heard by the nations, infidelity was consumed, falsehood vanished, the truth cast forth its splendor, the world was like wax exposed to the heat of a violent fire. Then the Apostle, by his writings, words, miracles and examples, made the Name of Jesus penetrate everywhere; he bore it in the presence of kings, of nations and of the children of Israel as a torch, and with it he lit up all the lands of the world . . . 
“…The Name of Jesus
is the help of the weary soul. Saint Bernardine says, ‘Each time you remember the Name of Jesus, do you not feel your strength reborn?’…. May the Name of Jesus be always placed in your soul, always borne in your hands: in Him you will find a remedy for your indolence, a remedy to correct your evil acts and lift up those that are imperfect, a remedy to keep your senses from corruption and heal them if they become corrupted . . . 
“…The Name of Jesus
is the glory of the blessed in Heaven. Those who have loved that Name will enjoy in their mind, as the reward of their faith, the perfect vision of the truth manifested in all its splendor; in their memory, as a fruit of their hope, they will have the eternal possession of the Supreme Majesty, and in their will as a reward for their love, the enjoyment of the most ineffable good,…entirely united to Him, entirely enlightened, entirely plunged in peace….”

And it is for all of these expectations—the refuge of sinners, the banner of combatants, the remedy of infirmities, the comfort of those who suffer, the glory of those who believe, the help of the weary, and the glory of the blessed in Heaven—  that Our Lady of Emmitsburg encourages us to pray in His Most Adorable Name, the Name of the Christ Child, the Name of Jesus.  Then she offers to all her children her blessing and the omnipotent blessing of the Most Holy Trinity in the glory of His Most Adorable Name:

 

“…How important it is to pray, no matter where you are and no matter what you do in your lives, because there are so many people who do not.  Because of this, tremendous confusion and division result.  Pride becomes the source of all evil and replaces the joy of humility.  When my Son does come, those people who are people of prayer and faith and who desire to be like Him are those who will always be His most beloved children…

“...This is a great grace in itself, the gift of prayer to you; but you must use the gift to receive all the good things and to be protected from all sources of evil, all the days of your lives until you see your Creator face to face…

“…I bless you in His Most Adorable and Glorious Name.  I take all of your petitions, and I will lay them at the crib, His Crib….”  (Private OLOE, Dec. 23, 2006)  “…I bless you in the most adorable Name of the Christ Child and in His most glorious salvific Name of Jesus, your redemptive Savior….”  (Private OLOE, Dec. 6, 2007)   “…The Omnipotent blessing the Holy Trinity—Father, Son & Holy Spirit—is upon your most precious souls, created for the greater glory of His Most Adorable Name….”  (Private OLOE, Nov. 17, 2005)

 

In the long version of the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel which was published by order of Pope Leo XIII at the end of the 19th century, we express our trust in the power and protection of that Most Holy Name of Jesus as we command the “cursed dragon” and the “diabolical legions” to stop deceiving human creatures, stop harming the Church, and to:

 

“Begone, Satan,…tremble and flee

when we invoke the Holy and Terrible Name of Jesus,

this Name to which the Virtues, Powers and Dominations of Heaven

are humbly submissive, this Name which causes hell to tremble,

this Name which the Cherubim and Seraphim praise unceasingly….”

(Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel, long version)

 

            OLOE:

“...How blessed His Name! All peoples in all nations can see the Face of God and adore Him.  Strive to be meek and humble of heart, and then you shall meet Jesus in the faces of your peers and many other peoples of all nations….I pray that you will have my eyes to adore my Son, and my Heart to love Him as I love Him, and my humility to follow Him at all costs.  Be strong and filled with faith, for my adorable Son is yours….I bless you in His most glorious, omnipotent and adorable Name—a Name to which all shall bow on bended knee….”  (Private OLOE, Jan. 4, 2009)


“…That in the Name of Jesus every knee  should bow,

of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth…”

(Phil 2:10)

 

 

 

Adoration of the Holy Face of Jesus
“My soul hath thirsted after the strong living God;

when shall I come and appear before the Face of God?

(Ps 41:3)

Prayer to the Adorable Face of Jesus

O Lord Jesus Christ, in presenting ourselves before Thine Adorable Face to ask of Thee the graces of which we stand most in need, we beseech Thee above all, to grant us that interior disposition of never refusing at any time to do what Thou require of us by Thy holy Commandments and Divine inspirations  Amen.  (Catholic.org)


“O God, behold our protector,

and look on the Face of thy Christ.”

(Ps 84:10)

Our Lord in His Lessons to the world speaks of dignity of the human person—a dignity that has been squandered and lost by many because man no longer looks to see the Face of God in others, nor do many of those others value being a reflection of God in themselves.  The only solution Our Lord offers is that of loving Him through loving one another.  Is this a task of which humans are any longer even capable?

 

“…My people are losing their human dignity.  My people are poor, and they lack the desire to utilize their gift of faith.  Serve My people!  Give to them yourselves!  Give to them a humble heart of love.  Do not try to escape this path of love for the least of Mine, for you strip your own humanity of dignity, which will ultimately return, henceforth, back to you….Seek the Face of God, and adore Him in all….I tell you to live for, by and through Me!  Give wholeheartedly of yourself.  My people today are becoming poorer and poorer.  It is time for all to awaken to this disastrous devastation about to eliminate humanity from the face of the earth….

“…I love you.  Do you love Me?  Then come to Me by loving Me through loving one another, and restore your humanity’s dignity.  Be no longer poor, but be the richness of life’s breath through Love!...”  (JOM, Vol IV, #33, July 19, 1992, The Poor)

The propagation of the Devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus by Sister Mary of St. Peter in Tours, France, began after a series of visions from Our Lord to her in 1844. It is said that this devotion brought St Therese of Lisieux, "the Little Flower", to her great sanctity. This is Therese’ prayer to 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 the desire to love Thee and make Thee loved by all men. The tears which well up 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.

 

Then it was a holy Italian nun in the1930’s, Blessed Maria Pierina de Micheli, who was instructed through a series of private revelations from both Our Lord and Our Lady to have a medal struck of the Holy Face of Jesus.  This led to the approval of the medal by Pope Pius XII in 1945, and the Feast of the Holy Face of Jesus (Shrove Tuesday) in 1958. 

 

Blessed Mother Pierina’s Prayer to the Holy Face

O Blessed Face of my kind Savior, by the tender love and piercing sorrow of Our Lady as she beheld you in your cruel Passion, grant us to share in this intense sorrow and love so as to fulfill the holy will of God to the utmost of our ability. Amen.

 “…And they blindfolded him, and smote His Face.

And they asked Him, saying:

‘Prophesy, who is it that struck Thee?’”

(Lk 22:64)

 

Although the Devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus is most often associated with the Passion of Our Lord,  Our Lady of Emmitsburg reminds us that it was not only the traumatized Face of the Savior that was adorable, but so too the Face she bore and raised as a Child:

 

“…Could you imagine what the world would be today if I had not said ‘yes’, if I had not believed, if I had not had faith.  Now you are all free, and my Son is the Light of the world.  As He came into this world, His most adorable Face looked at mine and at all that darkness surrounding us, and humanity was given the Light.  He gave me the Light.  I give you Him.  He is the Light.  We are all related, from generation to generation.  We are all family….”  (Private OLOE. Dec. 25, 2005)

 

“…The greatest gift you have given to me is the love you have given to my Son.  May God bless you with His omnipotent blessing as you venerate His most adorable Face, both in His Childhood and in His Passion and Death….”  (Private OLOE, Jan. 10, 2010)

 

“…Pray to my most adorable Child, and you will desire to venerate more the Holy Face of my Son through His Passion and Death.  Then you will desire that all people seek the Love of God….”  (Private OLOE Dec. 28, 2009)

 

 “…For it became Him,

for whom are all things, and by whom are all things,

who had brought many children into glory,

to perfect the author of their salvation, by His Passion….”

(Heb 2:10)

 

But the joy Our Lady experienced in that Face of childhood was replaced by her unimaginable sorrow during her Son’s Passion.  She speaks, as did her Son, to the women of Jerusalem, which we commemorate each year during the Stations of the Cross.  She promised them, just as she experienced herself and as she promises each of us, that our tears will be turned to Joy and our wounds healed:

 

“…All my life I lived in sorrow.  I oftentimes had Joy, but I lived in sorrow; but the greatest sorrow, which was a mystery, was in the Cross:  that God would allow His Son to lessen Himself to become so little and that with blows and spittle on His Face to mock Him, the Father allowed Him to be crucified….”  (Private OLOE, Jan 6, 2010)

 

Eighth station of the Cross

“…O’ you women of Jerusalem, who have prayed!  As Mother to mother, you are safe; and you are not responsible for the lack of response of your children after you have given them in their growth the foundation of the Holy Word of God and the Commandments.  Those of your children who are already in Heaven pray for your souls….

“...Thank you, as followers of Christ, for being the women as I am the Woman, the New Eve.  You, women of Jerusalem, follow, adore, rejoice, receive and pray.  Your tears will no longer be tears, like pellets falling from the face of my Son’s torn flesh, but will be tears of Joy.  Your tears will turn into droplets of purifying balm that can only heal and will soothe the pain of the tormented Face of my Son, which has been torn apart and filled with the hatred of the angry people who have injured it….You, women of Jerusalem, you have cried for the Truth and Love of God, and in the sorrow of your heart soon your wounds will be healed…In gratitude I remain your Mother, your friend, and your confidant; and I will always point the way to your utmost Love, my Son….”  (Private OLOE, Dec. 15, 2009)

 

 “…My soul hath thirsted after the strong living God;

when shall I come and appear before the Face of  God?...”

(Ps 42:3)

 

In closing, Our Lady of Emmitsburg pleads with us to adore her Son as she does, and she offers her help to all of us.  Not only can we expect tremendous graces flowing forth during these end times, but so too the promise of glory and ecstasy as reward for our suffering.  Her gratitude to all her children who have responded with their prayers and love brings with it the assurance of safety for all eternity:

 

“…Little ones, adore the King.  Adore Him with all your heart.  Look upon Him and see His face as I see His Face and as I adore Him.  Pray to Him and love Him as I pray and as I love.  Allow me to help you to adore Him in all humility.  He is your Savior and He will help you.  He will give you the hope for a new tomorrow…”   (Private OOE, Jan. 4, 2009)

 

“…There are tremendous graces being dispensed upon you from Heaven above.  I am only a humble servant who is able to shower upon you those graces, but I look above, and there at the Throne is the most adorable, loving majestic, omnipotent, and wise King, your Savior….

 

“...All your pain and sorrow, all your joys and the fruits of your works are but a mere glimpse of the rewards and the ecstasy that will be each of yours when you come face to face with the Beatific Vision of the Triune God….”  (Private OLOE, Oct. 18, 2004)


“…And they shall see His Face;

and His Name shall be on their foreheads….”

(Rev 22:4)

 

“…Thank you for always praying and for responding to my love and my cause and my invitation to pray.  Those who do are the ones who are safe.  Whether in this world or in the next, God is God and the same safety prevails; but it is only in Heaven that you see Him one-on-one, His most adorable Face….”  (Private OLOE, Feb. 7, 2010)

 

 

Our Lord’s Promises to Holy Face Devotees

http://www.holyfacedevotion.com/revelations.htm

 


“…I have seen God face  to  face,

and my soul has been saved….”

(Gen 32:20)

 

End of Adoration, Part 3A


“…Saying with a loud voice:

‘Fear the Lord, and give Him honor,

because the hour of His judgment is come;

and adore  Him that made heaven and earth,

the sea, and the fountains of waters….’”

(Rev 14:7)