Ash Wednesday is March 2nd. In preparation for Lent, it is an ancient tradition to pray the Novena to the Holy Face for the nine days leading up to Ash Wednesday, which is Monday, February 21st this year. Because this devotion is based on the image of Our Lord’s face that appeared on Veronica’s veil, it is especially fitting for our parish. Pray on your own using this prayer:
O my Jesus!
Cast upon us a look of mercy.
Turn Thy Face toward each of us,
as Thou didst to Veronica.
Not that we may see It with our bodily eyes,
for this we do not deserve,
but turn It toward our hearts,
so that remembering Thee,
we may ever draw from this fountain of strength,
the vigor necessary to sustain the combats of life. Amen.
(Composed by Blessed Pope Pius IX)