|From several years ago: the Holy Face leaving the Church of San Nicola da Bari to begin the procession through the town on its return to the Shrine of the Holy Face of Manoppello|
Thanks to Antonio Bini for this information on this year's celebration of the Holy Face
However tomorrow Monday May 18 with the lifting of restrictions on public Masses in Italy the Holy Face will be brought at 9am to the parish Church of San Nicola da Bari from the Shrine, mounted on an open truck provided by the Italian Ministry of Civil Protection. Mass will be celebrated at 10am at the Church presided by the local Archbishop of Chieti-Vasto Most Reverend Bruno Forte. A limited number of the faithful will be present in the Church for the Mass. As May 18 also marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of St. Pope John Paul II, this happy coincidence will be part of the celebration also. After the Mass the Holy Face will return to the Shrine of the Holy Face by the same means of the Ministry of Civil Protection.
As the Holy Face is brought to San Nicola as well as upon its return trip to the Basilica Shrine many residents of Manoppello will be showering rose petals on the Holy Face from the balconies of their residences decorated with intricately embroidered bed coverings according to the beautiful tradition.
The Mass from the parish church will be Live-streamed on the Facebook page of the Basilica https://www.facebook.com/basilicavoltosanto