“In the world of the internet, which enables billions of images to appear on millions of screens throughout the world, the face of Christ needs to be seen and his voice heard, for “if there is no room for Christ, there is no room for man”. –Pope Benedict XVI, Verbum Domini

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“Il Volto Santo” The Holy Face of Manoppello, Italy. Photo by Paul Badde, author of The Face of God: The Rediscovery of the True Face of Jesus

Welcome to “Illumina, Domine.”  The name originates from the words on the Holy Face Medal “Illumina, Domine, Vultum Tuum Super Nos”  or “May, O Lord, the light of Thy Face shine upon us.”  These words were the inspiration for St. Pope John Paul II to place  the 3rd Millenium under “the radiant sign of  the  Face of Christ,” and emphasizing the importance of contemplation of the Face of Christ by stating:  “And it is the Church’s task to reflect the light of Christ in every historical period, to make His face shine also before the generations of the new millennium. Our witness, however, would be hopelessly inadequate if we ourselves had not first contemplated His face.”

Veil of Manoppello: Photo by Paul Badde

The purpose of this blog is to make the Face of Jesus known and loved, to draw souls to the light of the Face of Christ in order to make His Holy Face shine in the world, so that, “All of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image” (2 Cor 3:18)

“Whoever gazes on Me already consoles me” — Our Lord to Bl. Mother Maria Pierina De Micheli

“Oh Savior Jesus, who didst will that reparation should be as public and universal as had been the offense, penetrate us with the true spirit of reparation.  Give us the grace to love Thy Divine Face, to make it known and loved by the whole world, in order that it may be to us a source of light and means of salvation.  Amen. ” ~  Blessed Mother Maria Pierina De Micheli

I invite you to explore the site and pray, that by doing so, you will come to know and love the Devotion to the Holy Face as well.  May His Face shine upon you always!

Patricia Enk

“”While we too seek other signs, other wonders, we do not realize that He is the real sign, God made flesh; He is the greatest miracle of the universe:  all the love of God hidden in a human heart, in a human face.”  ~ Pope Benedict XVI


Hear my voice, LORD, when I call; have mercy on me and answer me. “Come,” says my heart, “seek God’s Face”, your Face, LORD, do I seek! Do not hide your Face from me… (Psalm 26: 7-9)

“Does my soul thirst for the living God when I see His Face? I would like my daughters – and the devotees – to stand out in practical, loving, generous ardor in honoring the HOLY FACE of our JESUS, grieving for the sins of men … of all sins… of our sins… but especially of those who should be His most intimate friends. What will we do? If we look deeply into that divine Face, it will speak to us in the heart, we will participate in the most bitter pains, and it will tell us what to do: ‘At least you console Me, say that you love Me, that you will be all Mine.’ Let us enter with Jesus into the Garden of Olives and contemplate with love and compunction the pains of His Heart, in His Holy Face.  Let us join the Divine Victim, offering ourselves on all the altars of the world to be with HIM true  souls who make reparation, in union with the Immaculate Virgin Mary, the first Repairer.” –Bl. Mother Maria Pierina De Micheli writing about a Novena to the Holy Face.

Bl. Mother Maria Pierina De Micheli
Bl. Mother Maria Pierina De Micheli

Bl. Mother Pierina was born in Milan, Italy, in 1890. She had mystical experiences since her childhood. She became a Daughter of the Immaculate Conception Nun and was sent to Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1915, then returned to Italy in 1921. In 1936, during night adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on the first Friday of Lent, she received a messages from Our Lord and the Blessed Mother, telling her to spread devotion to His Holy Face. At that time she was told to have medals made with the image of the Face of the Shroud of Turin on one side and a radiant Host on the other. The words on the medal read, “Illumina Domine Vultum Tuum Super Nos” (“May, Lord, the light of Your Countenance shine upon us”) on the front and “Mane Nobiscum Domine”(Stay with us Lord”) on the reverse. It was this medal of the Holy Face that inspired Pope St. John Paul II to dedicate the millennium to the Holy Face of Jesus.

Servant of God Idlebrando Gregori, OSB Spiritual advisor of Bl. Mother De Micheli and Founder of the Sisters of Reparation of the Holy Face

Our Lord told Mother Pierina:

“By my Holy Face, you will obtain the conversion of numberless sinners. Nothing that you ask in making this offering will be refused you. According to the care you take in making reparation to My Face, disfigured by blasphemers, I will take care of yours, which has been disfigured by sin. I will reprint upon it My Image, and render it as beautiful as it was on leaving the Baptismal Fount. I promise personal and spiritual protection to all who venerate this (Holy Face) medal.”

The Blessed Mother also requested the sanctification of Tuesdays by making a visit to the Blessed Sacrament, and that a special feast be instituted in honor of the Holy Face on “Shrove Tuesday” which is the Tuesday preceding Ash Wednesday. On that day “we should make expiation for our own sins and the sins of others who dishonor the Sacred Face of Jesus by their ingratitude and sinful lives.”


“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 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.” –Words of Our Lord to Bl. Mother Maria Pierina de Micheli

Our Lord referred to the work of reparation to the Holy Face as “The most beautiful work under the sun!”which He revealed as being destined to be the means of defeating atheistic Communism and restoring peace to the world.

Left: The Holy Face of Manoppello / Right: Painting by Hans Holbein

“No one gives me a kiss of love on My Face to make amends for the Kiss of Judas.” –Our Lord to Bl. Mother Pierina De Micheli

Bl. Mother Pierina implored her sisters to make a novena, preceding the Feast of the Holy Face on Shrove Tuesday, with all the fervor of their hearts. Please join in this year’s Holy Face Novena, which will be posted each day on this site (and may also be found on the Novena tab above)

“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.” –Our Lord to Bl. Mother Pierina

Holy Face Veil of Manoppello, Italy (Photo: Paul Badde/EWTN)

“Oh Savior Jesus, who didst will that reparation should be as public and universal as had been the offense, penetrate us with the true spirit of reparation. Give us the grace to love Thy Divine Face, to make it known and loved by the whole world, in order that it may be to us a source of light and means of salvation. Amen. ” ~ Prayer of Blessed Mother Maria Pierina De Micheli


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