Monday, November 30, 2015
Holy Face to be Venerated On January 16 and 17 in the Upcoming Holy Year of Mercy at the Church of Santo Spirito in Rome
Paul Badde reports that on January 16 and 17, 2016, during the Holy Year of Mercy, the Holy Face will be venerated at the Roman church of Santo Spirito (Holy Spirit) close by to St. Peter's Basilica and which is closely connected with the first procession of the Holy Face in Rome.
On January 20, 1208 ("Omnis Terra" Second Sunday after the feast of Epiphany) Pope Innocent III solemnly carried in procession for the first time in Rome the Holy Sudarium from St. Peter's to show to the sick pilgrims in the Santo Spirito Hospital.
We can say that from this moment the news of the authentic and true icon of the human face of God has spread throughout the Church of the West.
A few years later the pope wrote the famous hymn "Salve Sancta Facies" for the veneration of the Holy Face.
And today we arranged (by the grace of God) with Mons. Jozef Bart, the rector of the Church of the Holy Spirit, that on the eve of the next "Omnis Terra" Sunday (Saturday, 16 January 2016), a beautiful replica of the Holy and Merciful Face will be exposed in the Church of the Holy Spirit where it will remain until the celebration of a Solemn Holy Mass on the following evening of Sunday, January 17, Year of Mercy.
And think and remember well: this church was renamed by Saint Pope John Paul II. as the "Church of the Divine Mercy" when he had introduced a "Divine Mercy Sunday" in the calendar of the Catholic Church. It is a beautiful church near St. Peter today containing relics of Sister Faustina Kowalska and Pope John Paul II. - With a large copy of the Divine Mercy in Krakow