During the 1840s, in Tours, France, a young Carmelite nun named Sister Mary of St. Peter was given a series of revelations by Our Lord concerning a devotion that He wished to have established, that of the devotion to His Holy Face. The purpose of the devotion was to make reparation for the blasphemies of the Communists, as well as for the blasphemies of atheists and freethinkers and for the profanation of Sundays by Christians. Specifically, though, it was the divine tool given by God to defeat Communism and it is also an instrument for the individual devotee to appeal to God in prayer through the adoration of His Holy Face and Name.
Jesus gave Sister Mary what is called “The Golden Arrow” prayer, a short but powerful prayer allowing a person to “shoot directly into the Heart of God” to heal the wounds inflicted on it by sinners. The prayer is as follows:
“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.
After receiving the prayer, Sister Mary saw a vision of the Sacred Heart of Jesus being delightfully wounded by this “Golden Arrow,” causing torrents of graces to stream from It for the conversion of sinners. Our Lord also gave Sister Mary nine promises connected to the devotion to His Holy Face, of which the first three are:
1. By My Holy Face you will work miracles.
2. By My Face you will obtain the conversion of many sinners.
3. Nothing you ask in making this offering will be refused to you.
St. Therese of Lisieux used the devotion to the Holy Face and it was even part of her religious title, Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. In our times, the devotion to the Holy Face can be used to make reparations for sins committed against Jesus and His Church, as well as to continue the fight against Communism and other societal evils like socialism. It can also be used to fight against materialism and any other sort of idol worship that leads us away from God. In this month of January, the month of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, the Golden Arrow prayer is especially applicable.
For more information on this devotion, click here. It is the website Catholic Tradition, from which a lot of this information is taken.