|photo by Paul Badde|
|St. Francis of Assisi Venerating the Holy Face of Jesus in a Roman painting of the 1700's|
Tomorrow marks the 10th anniversary of the first postings of this blog on the Holy Face of Manoppello on January 23, 2008. The inspiration for the blog came from my visit to the Shrine of the Holy Face of Manoppello in November 2007. For ten years I have been privileged to be able to publish many photos of the Holy Face and articles about the Holy Face from experts on the Holy Face such as Paul Badde, Sr. Blandina Schloemer, Antonio Bini, Saverio Gaeta, Fr. Heinrich Pfeiffer, S.J., and Fr. Carmine Cucinelli, OFM, Cap . There is a treasure trove of material on the Holy Face available to everyone throughout the world on this blog because of them! Thanks be to God and all these and others such as Fr. Germano Di Pietro, OFM, Cap., Daisy Neves, Augustine Pham, Fr. Lawrence Goode, Patricia Enk and Deacon Christoph Sandoval who have helped me!
When I began this blog there was very little information available in English on the world wide web. Thankfully this is no longer the case. The word and image of the Holy Face has spread to peoples throughout the world by other websites and on social media such as Facebook.
Even more importantly --- copies of the Holy Face coming from Manoppello have been enshrined in churches in Rome, Poland, the United States, Canada and above all in the Philippines where a diocesan shrine of the Holy Face has been inaugurated at Nampicuan.
Here are several recent examples of Facebook postings on the Holy Face.
Every Third Friday of the month after the 8AM mass at St Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church in Las Vegas a Novena Devotion to the Holy Face is prayed. Fr Nadim Abou Zeid , Maronite Missionary and also Pastor for 10 yrs now welcomed the Holy Face since September 2014 when Fr Carmine, Rector of the Holy Face of Manoppello , brought the copy of the Holy Face . On September 11, 2016 the Holy Face copy was officially Enthroned by Fr Nadim and Fr Danny, Canon and civil lawyer from the Diocese of Rome. When you come to Las Vegas.. the church in 10 miles from the strip. Daily Maronite liturgy at 8am. And visit the Holy Face here which is venerated. So far, there are three other churches in the USA that have welcomed the image of the Holy Face. At Our Lady of Angel in San Diego ; St Francis of Assisi at E Palo Alto, San Francisco Bay Area; St Bede the Venerable at Flintridge, Los Angeles county. Visit them ... if you cannot go to Manoppello or the Philippines yet. --- from Daisy Neves.
|Diocesan Shrine at Immaculate Conception Church, Nampicuan, Philippines photo from Facebook by Liezel Jakosalem|
|The Holy Face venerated in the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel of the Church of Our Lady of the Angels, San Diego, CA|