The Holy Face Devotion and Golden Arrow Prayer


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Chaplet of the Holy Face of Christ

The purpose of the Chaplet of the Holy Face is to honor the five senses of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and to entreat God for the triumph of His Church, as well as to thwart evil and the snares of the devil. This Chaplet is composed of a cross, a Holy Face medal, and thirty-nine beads, six of which are single beads, and thirty-three beads which are grouped into five sections of six beads each.

The thirty-three grouped beads represent the thirty-three years of the mortal life of Our Lord.
The first thirty recall to mind the thirty years of his private life, and are divided into five groups of six beads with the intention of honoring the five senses of Jesus; touch, hearing, sight, smell, and taste, and of rendering homage to all the sufferings which Our Lord endured to His Face through each of these senses during His Passion.
The single bead preceding each of the grouped beads is in honor of the specific sense that it is intended to honor.
The group of three beads recalls the public life of Our Saviour.
The "Glory Be to the Father" is said seven times throughout the Chaplet to honor the seven words of Jesus upon the Cross, and to honor the seven sorrows of Immaculate Mary.

How to Pray the Chaplet

Make the sign of the cross and then proceed.
1.  On the crucifix, "O God, come to my assistance; O Lord make haste to help me." Then pray the Glory be.
2.  Next, around this chaplet you will first pray on each single bead followed by the group of 6 beads:
       On the single bead, "My Jesus Mercy!" followed by the Glory be prayer.
       On each of the six beads, "Arise, O Lord! and let Thy enemies be scattered, and let them that hate Thee flee from before Thy Face."
       This is repeated 5 times, for each group of 6 beads, in honor of each of the 5 senses of Jesus: Touch, Hearing, Sight, Smell, and Taste of our Lord.
 3. On the last (sixth) single bead: "My Jesus Mercy!" followed by the Glory be prayer.
4. Then, Pray on each of the three beads above the crucifix:
"Arise, O Lord! and let Thy enemies be scattered, and let them that hate Thee flee from before Thy Face."
5. The chaplet is concluded by saying on the Holy Face:
"God, our Protector, look on us and look on the Face of Thy Christ."

The prayer of the Golden Arrow is separate from the Chaplet but can be prayed at the end or any time:

May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable, most incomprehensible and unutterable 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.

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