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The Face of Christ in the Rosary

When he placed the New Millennium under “the Radiant sign of the Face of Christ” Pope St. John Paul II wrote, “To contemplate the Face of Christ, and to contemplate it with Mary, is the ‘program’ which I have set before the Church at the dawn of the third millennium…It is the Church’s task to reflect the light of Christ in every historical period, to make His Face shine also before new generations of the new millennium. Our witness, however, would be hopelessly inadequate if we ourselves had not first contemplated His Face.”  The Rosary is a traditional Christian prayer directed to the contemplation of Christ’s Face. “Without contemplation, the Rosary is a body without a soul,” says Pope St. John Paul II, “and runs the risk of becoming a mechanical repetition of formulas, in violation of the admonition of Christ.”...

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St. Therese and her family were some of the first to become members of the Confraternity of the Holy Face.

Here's and interesting note:

In 1885, a French father and his four daughters were among the first to join the Confraternity. The father's name was Mr. Louis Martin (now a Saint.) One of his daughters was name Marie Therese Martin, who came to be Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face.

Thus, even before Saint Therese entered the Carmelite convent, she was already a member of the Confraternity of the Holy Face. This probably explains why she chose the Holy Face of Jesus as part of her name, and also why she composed prayers in reparation to the Holy Face. It is said that the names of the Martin family can still be seen in the Confraternity entry-book.

"By my Holy face you will work miracles."

                                            -Promise of Our Lord, 1845