How is it, Lord, that we do not look at Thy face, when it is so near us? Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) from Enlarging the Heart

Holy Face of Our Savior
Adoration of the Holy Face

True Image of the Holy Face of our Saviour Jesus Christ


O Most Sweet Jesus
You are not my judge but my Savior.
Indugenced Prayer
This holy card was touched to the relic of
the Precious Blood in the Basilica of the Holy Blood in Bruges, Belgium.
Look at the Blood flowing down his cheeks 
and then at the Blood flowing from the Crown of Thorns and you will see
that the artist allows us to imagine the eyes of our Savior opening and closing

Ecce Homo

Show us your Face
and we will be saved.
illuminated bookmark 19th cent. France

(after the Holy Shroud of Turin)
This image is a reproduction of the drawing by Sr. Genevieve of the Holy Face 
(Celine Martin) sister of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face
Reprodution interdite
Danesi, Rome
1906

Perfect Charity


Let all traces, 
by virtue of our generous love for God,
be for Salvation to our brothers for whom they hold interest.
mandylion icon (Russian)

Head of Christ, from the Abbey Church of SS. Peter and Paul in Wissembourg, c.1070 (stained glass) This amazing image of Christ's face, knows as the Wissembourg Christ's Head, is one of the oldest known pieces of stained glass.

Orthodox Christians pray before icons, looking deeply into the eyes of the Savior, the Mother of God, or one of the saints.
St. Teresa of Avila wrote in Way of Perfection that she found it helpful to begin her time of prayer by holding an image of the Savior. 

I found this wonderful image in a greeting card shop when I was a girl in college. Not long ago I found that it was most likely based on the Shroud of Turin.

SHROUD OF TURIN
Icon of the Savior by Andre Rublov

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus


Words by the woman who wrote the hymn with the beautiful refrain: Turn your eyes upon Jesus...
"Never has it been so easy to live in half a dozen harmless worlds at once -- art, music, the following of some profession, and so on. And between them we run the risk of drifting about, the good hiding the best." It is easy to find out whether our lives are focused, and if so, where the focus lies. Where do our thoughts settle when consciousness comes back in the morning? Where do they swing back when the pressure is off during the day? Dare to have it out with God, and ask Him to show you whether or not all is focused on Christ and His Glory. Turn your soul's vision to Jesus, and look and look at Him, and a strange dimness will come over all that is apart from Him."
- Lilias Trotter

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Refrain:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.


“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus.” (Hebrews 12:2)
Old postcard of the Holy Face
Ecce Homo. Bensiger
TO THE POOR he is showing his manger,
TO THE SICK his bruised face
TO THE PERSECUTED his reeds, his crown and his cross.
Lord, show me your face and I will be saved...
Flowers of Jerusalem touched to the Holy Sepulchre 


St. Thérèse of The Child Jesus and The Holy Face
On the back of this old postcard it states that the photograph was taken June 7, 1897
Toward the end of her life, she add  "and The Holy Face" to her Carmelite name.

St. Veronica

St. Veronica
I do not know the origin of this engraving.  It came from an antique shop in France with no documentation. It appears to include the story St. Veronica and of King Agbar of Edessa, but I do not know the meaning of the other figures.  This page stood alone.
I post it here in the hope it may hold interest for researchers.

Berenice and Veronica refer apparently to the same person: 
BERENICE:  Latinized form of Βερενικη (Berenike)...which meant "to bring victory". 
VERONICA: Latin alteration of BERENICE, the spelling influenced by the ecclesiastical Latin phrase vera icon meaning "true image".

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