Chaplet of the Sacred Face

How to pray the Chaplet of the Sacred Face

This devotion to the Sacred Face is prayed on the popular Marian Rosary of 59 beads.

Begin with the following prayer:

“Most Sacred Face,
we call on You until You hear our prayers.
You are able to help us wonderfully.
Holy God, Mighty God, Holy Immortal God!
Have mercy on us and on the whole world!
Turn Your Face towards us
and we shall be saved!”

On the Our Father beads, say the following prayer:

“Heavenly Father,
humbly and fervently we offer You
the infinite merits
and sufferings of the Sacred Face,
His Precious Blood,
all the wounds and tears of Jesus,
to Your greater Glory,
for help in our great need.”

On the Hail Mary beads, say the following prayers:

1 st decade

“O Sacred Face, covered with wounds,
have mercy on us who call on You!”

2 nd decade

“O Sacred Face, covered with blood,
have mercy on us who call on You!”

3 rd decade

“O Sacred Face, shedding tears with infinite Love,
have mercy on us who call on You!”

4 th decade

“O Sacred Face, despised and insulted,
have mercy on us who call on You!”

5 th decade

“O Sacred Face, silently bearing the most bitter pain,
have mercy on us who call on You!”

At the end of the Chaplet, say the following prayer:

“Let us adore the Sacred Face
of Our Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior,
whose merits are infinite
and whose mercy is fathomless.
May He grant us the remission
of our sins and true conversion.
Let us console His Sacred Face
by the purity of our lives,
by fearless witness to our Faith
and by the depth of our love!

Amen.”

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What is prayer?

Prayer is the lifting up of our minds and hearts to God.

Let us lift up our hearts with our hands to the Lord in the heavens. (Lamentations 3:41)

Why do we pray?

We pray:

  1. to adore God, expressing to Him our love and loyalty;
  2. to thank Him for His favors;
  3. to obtain from Him the pardon of our sins and the remission of their punishment;
  4. to ask for graces and blessings for ourselves and others.

Watch and pray, that you may not enter into temptation. (Matthew 26:41)

How should we pray?

We should pray:

  1. with attention;
  2. with a conviction of our own helplessness and our dependence upon God;
  3. with a great desire for the graces we beg of Him;
  4. with loving trust in His goodness;
  5. with perseverance.

And all things whatever you ask for in prayer, believing, you shall receive. (Matthew 21:22)

For whom should we pray?

We should pray especially for ourselves, for our parents, relatives, friends, and enemies, for sinners, for the souls in purgatory, for the Pope, bishops, and priests of the Church, and for the officials of our country.

But I say to you, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who persecute and calumniate you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:44-45)

How do we know that God always hears our prayers if we pray properly?

We know that God always hears our prayers if we pray properly because Our Lord has promised: “If you ask the Father anything in My name, He will give it to you.”

And whatever you ask in my name, that I will do, in order that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (John 14:13)

Why do we not always obtain what we pray for?

We do not always obtain what we pray for, either because we have not prayed properly or because God sees that what we are asking would not be for our good.

You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it upon your passions. (James 4:3)

Prayer from the Baltimore Catechism