Chaplet of the Holy Face
Praying the Chaplet of the Holy Face is to honour the Five Wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and to ask of God the Triumph of His Holy Church and the downfall of her enemies. The Chaplet was composed by Sister Saint Pierre, a Carmelite of Tours. Parts of the prayer are attributed to Saint Ethanasius who stated that the devils, when being asked what verse in the Holy Scripture they feared the most, replied the verse from Psalm 61: "Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered. Let them that hate Him flee from before His Face." They remarked this passage from our biblical teaching always compelled them to take flight.
Begin as follows:
Make the sign of the Cross, with the Cross, and pray:
"O God, come to my assistance
O Lord, make haste to help me."
Then recite 1 Glory be to the Father...
Before each group of beads, there is a large bead. On this bead, reflect on the sense of Jesus, or the wounds of His Face, and say 1 Glory be... and the following prayer invocation:
" May God arise and let His enemies be scattered and let those who hate Him flee before His Face! May God arise and let His enemies be scattered and let those who hate Him flee before His Face!"
At the end, recite: The Glory be... 3 times...
Upon completing the Chaplet, pray:
"O God, our Protector,
look down upon us
and cast Thine eyes
upon the Face of Thy Christ!"