Maria Pierina de Micheli & The Holy Face of Jesus Devotion

Blessed Maria Pierina de Micheli & The Holy Face of Jesus Devotion & Medal

"No one gives me a kiss of love on My face to make amends for the kiss of Judas"

"I firmly wish that My face reflecting the intimate pains of my soul, the suffering and love of my heart, be more honoured! Whoever gazes upon me already consoles me." -Our Lord Jesus to Sister Maria Pierina

Brief Biography of Blessed Mother Maria Pierina de Micheli

Birth and childhood
Maria Pierina de Micheli was born on September 11 1890, in Milan, Italy and she was baptized at St. Peter in Sala's church on the same day, with the name of Giuseppina.
Suffering came early for Maria Pierina as she had not yet turned two when her father died, leaving the family without his fatherly love and affection along with the sufferings of losing their main breadwinner.

Early visions of Jesus
At age 7 on May 3, 1898 she received Jesus in her First Communion. Recalling that day with holy joy many years later in 1943 she wrote- "I saw the baby Jesus in the host. Heaven on earth! Today, only by faith, I know he loves me."

Then began a lifetime of heavenly graces and visions, along with many sufferings in union with Jesus. One day while she was praying in St. Peter in Sala's church (her local parish), Jesus on the Crucifix came alive and spoke to her. On another occasion at the age of twelve, when she was again in her Parish Church during the 3pm Good Friday service, she heard a Voice saying quite distinctly:

"No one gives me a kiss of love on My Face to make amends for the Kiss of Judas."
In her childlike simplicity, she believed that the voice was heard by everyone and was pained to see that only the wounds were kissed but not the face. In her heart exclaiming, "Have patience, dear Jesus, I will give you a kiss of love", and when her turn came she lovingly and devoutly imprinted a kiss on His Face. And later as a novice, she was permitted to do night adoration and on the night between Holy Thursday and Good Friday, and while she was praying before Jesus upon the Crucifix, she heard Him say: "Kiss Me."
Sister Maria Pierina immediately obeyed and her lips felt not the contact with the plaster figure but contact with the living flesh of the Face of Jesus.

Becomes a religious sister as a Daughter of the Immaculate Conception of Buenos Aires
From a young age Giuseppina (Maria Pierina) felt called to be a religious Sister—a bride of Christ. In 1912, the Daughters of the Immaculate Conception came from Buenos Aires, Argentina and settled in Milan, not far from the house of the De Micheli's family. On October 15, 1913, at the age of 23, Giuseppina was accepted by the founder of the Congregation, Servant of God Mother Mary Euphrasia laconis, and joined the Daughters of the Immaculate Conception as a Novice. On May 16, 1916 she made her profession and was clothed in the habit, taking the name of Sister Maria Pierina.

In 1919 Sister Maria Pierina was sent to the Mother House in Buenos Aires. On April 12 1920, when she was complaining to Jesus of one of her sorrows, He appeared to her covered with bloodstains and with a sorrowful and affectionate expression (which I shall never forget - she writes) telling her:
"And what have I done?"
Sister Maria Pierina understood and from that time the Holy Face of Jesus became her meditation book and the door to His Heart. She returned to Milan in 1921 and Jesus continued to grant her many favors, along with various sufferings that are always the lot of true Mystics.

In 1928, Mother Estanislada Tognoni was elected Superior General, but had to return to Buenos Aires. In the same year, Mother Pierina was appointed Superior of the Community of Milan, and then she was later re-elected in 1932 and 1936, and in September 1939, she was elected Superior of the Community of Rome.

Pierina recieves visions of Jesus requesting devotion to His Holy Face
As years went by, Jesus often showed Himself to her sometimes sad and other times bleeding, asking her for reparation, thus increasing her desire to suffer and to sacrifice herself for the salvation of souls. During the night adoration of the First Friday in Lent in 1936, Jesus, after letting her share in His spiritual sorrow of the agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, with His Face covered with blood and profoundly sad, Jesus told her:

"I wish that my Face, which reflects the intimate sorrow of my soul, and the suffering and love of my Heart, be better honoured. He who contemplates me consoles me."

On the Tuesday following Passion Sunday, Jesus returned to her and said:

"Each time my Face is contemplated I will pour my love into hearts and through my Holy Face the salvation of many souls will be obtained."

On the first Tuesday of 1937, while she was at prayer, the Lord Jesus instructed her on the devotion to His Holy Face and, in the end, told her:

"Perhaps some souls fear that the devotion to my Holy Face may diminish that to my Sacred Heart. Tell them that, on the contrary, it will complete and increase it. Contemplating my Face, souls will share my sorrows and will feel the need for love and reparation. Is this not the true devotion to my Heart?".

The Blessed Virgin Mary appears to Pierina requesting the Scapular-Medal of the Holy Face
These manifestations became more and more frequent and in May 1938, while Pierina was at prayer in the Community Chapel, a beautiful Lady, which she knew to be the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared on the altar step in a beam of light, holding a Scapular made of two small pieces of flannel joined by a cord. One of these pieces bore the image of the Holy Face of Jesus with the words "Iliumina Domine Vultum Tuum Super Nos" (May the light of Thy Face, 0 Lord, shine upon us) and the other, a Host surrounded by rays and the words "Mane Nobiscum Domine" (Stay with us, 0 Lord).

Gently the Lady approached and said:

"Listen carefully and refer everything to Father (her priest confessor); This Scapular is an armour of defence, a shield of strength, a pledge of mercy which Jesus wishes to give to the world in these times of lust and hatred against God and His Church. There are very few true apostles. A divine remedy is necessary, and this remedy is the Holy Face of Jesus. All who shall wear a Scapular like this and make, if possible, a visit to the Blessed Sacrament every Tuesday in reparation for the outrages that the Holy Face of my Son Jesus received during His Passion and is still receiving in the Holy Eucharist every day,
- will be strengthened in the Faith, and will be made ready to defend it,
- will overcome all difficulties, internal and external
- and they will have a peaceful death under the loving gaze of my Divine Son".

The request of Our Lady was increasingly pressing but Mother Pierina replied that it was not in her power to put it into execution. The permission of the one who guided her spiritual life and funds were necessary. The same year Jesus appeared again covered with blood and very sadly said to her:

"Do you see how I suffer? Yet, very few understand me. Those who say they love me are very ungrateful! I have given my heart as the sensible object of my great love to men and I give My Face as the sensible object of my sorrow for all the sins of men. I wish that it be venerated by a special feast on Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. I wish that the feast be preceded by a novena in which the faithful make reparation with me, joining together and sharing in my sorrow."

In 1939 Jesus said again:

"I wish that My Holy Face be honored in a particular manner on Tuesdays".

Mother Maria Pierina de Micheli felt the desire of Our Blessed Lady more and more fervent. She obtained permission from her spiritual Director and although she did not have any financial means, she set about the task, as requested by Jesus and Mary. She obtained the permission of the photographer Bruner to take copies of the Holy Shroud as reproduced by him, and she received the permission to do so by the Archdiocese of Milan on the August 9, 1940.

Attacks by the Devil
Financial means were still wanting, but the faith of the Reverend Mother made up for it. One morning she saw on a little table an envelope: she opened it to find 11,200 Italian liras. Our Blessed Lady had seen to it. The devil, maddened at this, fell upon this soul to frighten it and prevent the distribution of the medals: he threw her down in the corridor and down the steps, he tore the images and pictures of the Holy Face, but she bore up everything. She tolerated and sacrificed all so that the Holy Face may be honored.

In the beginnning she was worried because she got medals made instead of the cloth scapulars because she felt called to do so. She turned to Our Blessed Lady to obtain peace of mind in the matter. On April 17, 1943 the Blessed Virgin appeared to her and said:

"My daughter, rest assured, the Scapular is replaced by the medal with the same promises and favours - it only has to be spread widely Now my heart is on the feast of the Face of my Divine Son. Tell the Pope that I desire this."

She blessed her and then departed.

Thus began the spread of the devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus and also the spread of the medal in its honor. Since then the devotion and the medal have been spread worldwide with much enthusiasm, accompanied all the while by wonderful graces, conversions and cures as a testament and heavenly sign of God's institution and approval of both.

Her holy death
Mother Maria Pierina de Micheli's motto was: "Give to Jesus; give everything; give always."
Having given herself and her life completely to Jesus, at the age of 54 surrounded by her spiritual daughters, Mother Pierina joined the One Whom she loved on July 26, 1945, at Centonara d' Arto (Verbania) at the house of the Holy Face.
"I felt a deep longing to live always united with Jesus; to love Him intensely because my death can only be a transport of love with my Spouse, Jesus." -Words from the diary of Blessed Maria Pierina de Micheli on July 19, 1941.

Sister Pierina was beatified on Sunday, May 30, 2010 at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome- the first beatification ever held within its walls.

-Blessed Maria Pierina Di Micheli, pray for us!
Invocation-Prayer to the Holy Face of Jesus:

Oh Holy Face of my sweet Jesus, by that tenderness of love and unspeakable grief with which the Blessed Virgin Mary beheld Thee in Thy painful Passion, grant that our souls may share in that great love and great sorrow, and fulfill more perfectly the Holy Will of God. Amen.
-Imprimatur in Curia Arch. Mediolani on Jan. 25, 1941 -Mons. Cavezzali Pro Vic. Gen
More from her Diary: Her words, and some of Jesus replies:
"Do not deny anything to Jesus."
"I want what God wants."
'Jesus I am yours, do what you want of me."
Jesus said to me: "Only a few souls let me act with full freedom, so I cannot grant many graces."
"This morning I asked Jesus His Heart to love it of His own love, and Jesus told me: "If you knew how I love you, you would die from joy."
I said to Jesus: "Do you believe, oh Jesus, that I love you?" And Jesus replied: "Yes, I do. And do you know when I believe it the most? When you think I have abandoned you, because it is then that you most show your loyalty."
"O, my sweet Jesus, for your Holy Face bathed with tears, may your Eucharistic Reign triumphs in the sanctity of your priests."
"O, my sweet Jesus, for the divine light emanating from your Holy Face, dispel the darkness of ignorance and mistake and be the light of sanctity for your priests."
"O my sweet Jesus, for your Divine Face bathed in a sweat of blood in the agony of Gethsemane, enlighten and strengthen the souls consecrated to you."

"What matters is to love Jesus" -Words of Blessed Maria Pierina De Micheli


Guadalupe House Ministry, Honolulu said...

Dear Glenn,

Great article on Bl. Maria Pierina and the Holy Face Devotion! I'd like to share an interesting anecdote that I read about this holy mystic in an Italian biography... it testifies to her supernatural practice of virtue, in particular, of Holy Obedience.

It was related that on at least two occasions, Bl. Maria Pierina was close to death's door due to a severe chronic illness. When her confessor - the Ven. Hildebrand Gregori - learned of her dire condition, he immediately ordered her, under holy obedience, to regain her health and resume her busy schedule. The Blessed, on receiving each command, rose from her sick bed completely restored to health and ready to work.

When Bl. Maria Pierina finally did pass away, her confessor was notified after the fact, and he jokingly remarked that she had finally "escaped" him. Had he known that she was seriously ill, Fr. Hildebrand testified that he would have again commanded her to get well, and knowing her unfailing practice of obedience and faith, he was confident that she would have again been restored to health through the power of God.

I thought the above was an exceptional testimony to the sanctity of Bl. Maria Pierina, given the fact that Fr. Hildebrand Gregori was also reknown in his time for his personal sanctity... and is now a candidate for Sainthood, as well.

Take care & God bless you!

Anonymous said...

Please pray for all my intensions. For my healings, protection, graces, wisdom, guidance, help, for a servant, to get my share of my father's property. Mary Agnes

DominionArtworks said...

I own a special devotion to the Most Holy Face of Jesus. I can't explain why. It always gives me peace knowing I am pleasing him by my devotion. I wear the medal each day. One day while shopping the woman ringing up my purchase in awe commented on my medal. I told her most of what I know about the Holy Face of Jesus and where I purchased it. She thanked me as I jotted the info. As I left the store something caught my eye. I returned to the dressing room. While in the dressing room I believe it to be Jesus telling me.. Give her the medal. The thought was very clear to me. I returned to make another purchase. She was surprised to see me back again. At once she noticed I no longer was wearing my medal and asked why. I pressed the medal into her hand. A joy came over me and I believe I made Jesus smile that instant. I never saw her again but I know she is devoted to the Holy Face of Jesus as I.

Anonymous said...

I wish to keep things private between Jesus and I unless HE deceides to make them open . I was not a born Catholic and had no knowledge of GOD, or HIS precious son. I forgive my parents as they did not have any faith either. I was a terrible sinner, breaking all of the 10 Commandments which I later in life converted to being a Catholic by the grace of GOD and Our Blessed Mother. Having expiated all of my sins up till that time and now. Went to confession last Sunday.. But it took me years to be converted to the faith. Slowing Our Lord and His Mother spoon fed me and I had to go through a lot to finally get to where I am today. I have had visions of our Lord at the Prayer meeting I belonged to for over 30 years. I have written to you before. Since meeting St Gemma, this past 2 weeks I have become even stronger and wear her metal with the relic in the locket. Have worn the brown Scapular since my pilgramiage to Fatima 24 years ago. Say my Rosary and go to Confession to keep my soul from any sins I might still do. Satan can still get you to stop loving the Lord and sin if he can.I want to die a Happy Death. I have made all of the Sacaments and Cursillo. Belong to the Third Order of Mary. Was envolved in the Charismatic Prayer Goup. The Lord blessed me with many graces whiich I am very grateful for. Word of Knowledge,Tonques, Prophecy. Healing and Discernment. I was called to pray for Reparation to the Holy Face and am so dvoted to it. Many people have made Cursillo while I was their sponsor. Including my mother which I really am grateful To the Lord for doing. She died in a Happy Death. Many people were healed by the laying on of hands when I prayed for them. I am very aware this was the Lord and not me. I to myself am nothing. Also belong to the former Blue Army ,. now known as the Fatima Crusade. Was Eucharistic Minister at the Local church. The Lord has blessed and used me in many things. Many alcaholics have been healed and went To GOD while under my guidance.Another wonderful thing just happened. While reading the lives of the SAINTS, I was drawn to St Gemma. Knew it right away. She is my patron saint now. Such a wonderful saint. I was also drawn to the Holy Face and will be praying the reparation prayer to Jesus every day for the conversion of sinners [ look at what he did for me. ] Have been praying for reparation to the Holy Face for months and never knew what it was really for. Through St Gemma my devotions are more stronger and clearer. I was certainly not a saint in years past.. Just very blessed by Jesus christ. Altho I have several serious illness I can no longer go to Church but FR Andres does bring me the Sacament of reconcilation once a month. I ask 2 things from St Gemma. That she asks for Jesus to forgive all of my sins so I can die a Happy Death. I am 88. I also have had a heart attack with a stint in a vein to stop any blood clots. Am diabetic. Back surgery twice and 2 knee implants. Had my thyroid out as 2-3 nodules were choking me. Had malnutrision as a baby and did not walk till 3 years old. Still have terrible back pain Have Copd [ bad lungs ] Seisures. My father deserted the family when my mother was 7 months pregnant with me. Was always sickly. My big question to you is why has all of this happened to me ? So many people go through life with seemingly no illnesses or problems. Please answer this to my e mail address as I want to keep this private. I am devoted to the conversion of sinners and the Holy Souls and definately devoted to the Holy Face. Am mostly desabled and can no loner go to church and miss my Mass and friends. Waiting for your reply I remainn your sister in Christ. Eleanor Peters.

Unknown said...

Love God.Jesus n Mary i love you save souls..a thousand souls and the souls of is an honor that in your twilight years God send you crpsses be patient n persevere..offer all to God thru Mary in union wd His life..death..n passion 4 His gliry n salvatiob of souls...

Ofra said...

You have no idea how this story of this saint put my mind at ease about so past graces I have received when I was younger. At the time, my former spiritual director, who probably was a bit inexperienced in these things, just told me it was not from G-d, however, now as I can see other saints have also had the same experience I had. I know I am not crazy or deceived.
Thank you so much for sharing this with us.
G-d bless you.

Alfred Brown said...

Prayer Request:

Please pray for Eric McDonald. Please pray for his conversion to true faith in Jesus Christ. Please pray for the salvation of his soul. Pray for his healing spirit, soul, and body Ask God to reveal his love to Eric.He needs God’s healing love to flow through his life. Please pray that he will come to know The Sacred Heart of Jesus and The Immaculate Heart of Mary. He needs The Blessed Mother’s Kindly Motherly love and care…
May Our Lady give Eric all the Graces he needs for salvation!!!

"Holy Mary, Mother of God, please bless Eric McDonald.
Please bring Eric to Jesus. Please pray for his conversion.
May God save his soul.
Holy Mother, rescue Eric and shelter him in Your Motherly Heart!!
Help me also!

Jesus, Mary I love you. Save Souls!
May the light of Christ shine in our hearts
In the name of Jesus Christ Amen"

Anonymous said...

Where can the medals be obtained from?

Unknown said...

Please pray for my mother Jacqueline’s conversion, who is 95. Pray also that I might come to really know and to truly love Jesus.

Anonymous said...

Please pray for me that I am cured of cancer, so that I may remain a husband to my wife and a father to my children, and that I may live a long healthy life as a soldier of Christ.

Glenn Dallaire said...

Dear Anonymous (directly above),
May Jesus strengthen and heal you of cancer--I pray this in Jesus holy Name, AMEN +

Croziers said...

I ask Jesus to help me carry the mental anguish I suffer every single day. I ask for a miracle to be free from the bondage of the human court system and to be able to work again in my career. I ask through Mary, my heavenly Mother to help me and hold me and to give me strength when my heart desperately desires to give up. I pray to God to heal me from my depression and provide me with the miracle to return to work despite the charges handed down by man. I ask the Holy Spirit to shine light into the darkness of my soul and illuminate my spirit. I pray that God leads, accepts, and defeats all obstacles to take me where I may serve Him best as a mental health counselor or as a professed in religious life. Amen.

lover of Jesus and Mary said...

Holy Face of Jesus be my love❗️
Holy Face of Jesus Save us❗️

Anonymous said...

Everyone who reads this, I ask for your prayers based on the Holy Face of Jesus specifically to fight Satan's plan of Communism for America and hence the whole world. Jesus and the Blessed Mother told Sr. Mary of Saint Peter that the Holy Face was to be used by the world for reparations for sins against the first 3 Commandments. It's these 3 Commandments that are the core violations of Marxism/Communism. Thank you for your consideration.

lover of Jesus and Mary said...

Sr Pierina said to Jesus: "Do you believe, oh Jesus, that I love you?" And Jesus replied: "Yes, I do. And do you know when I believe it the most? When you think I have abandoned you, because it is then that you most show your loyalty."
Keep close to Jesus hidden Croziers. x

Unknown said...

Dear Holy Soul pray for a sinner

genetee said...

It is as St Teresa of Avila said: to recieve a gift from God is a- gift -from God.
To know what the gift is is a separate gift and to be able to explain it is a separate gift from those two.
While this is a paraphrase I've come to see suffering as a most precious gift-from God. Don't know why can't explain it either.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful story. You are such an inspiration. I was feeling very down today. You have lifted my spirits. I am very devoted to the Holy Face as well. Pray for me and I will pray for you. God bless you Eleanor.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful 💕🙏🏼