28 February 2017

Shrove Tuesday Prayers [The Holy Face]

In Rome and elsewhere, Shrove Tuesday is observed as the Feast of the Holy Face of Jesus.

The Collects for the Feast of the Holy Face of Jesus

O God, who willed that your only–begotten Son
should become man,
and show us in his human nature 
a perfect image of your divinity,
grant, we beseech you,
that by venerating the image of his Holy Face
we may be united with him
in the mysteries of his Passion and Death,
and so come to contemplate forever 
his glorious Face
in the joy of the resurrection.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you 
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, forever and ever. Amen.

Collect at the General Intercessions

Almighty and ever-living God, whose splendour on Sinai was such that Moses was obliged to veil his face made radiant by the brightness of your holiness; remove the veil from our faces, and open our eyes to the knowledge of your glory shining in the face of Christ, that we, with the gaze of our hearts fixed on him, may, by the power of the Holy Spirit, be changed into his likeness and so praise you forever in the company of the saints in light. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

O Lord Jesus Christ, 
beauty of the heavenly Father and light of souls, 
we beseech you with confidence that, 
as we advance in the darkness of this world, 
the splendour of your Face 
may shine upon us and that,
 in the light of your Countenance, 
we may one day merit
to contemplate the eternal light 
in which you live and reign 
with God the Father 
in the unity of the Holy Spirit
forever and ever.

Prayer Over the Offerings
O God, the Father of lights,
look upon us, we beseech you,
and beholding the Face of Christ your Son
who offered himself for us 
as a victim of reconciliation,
grant that we, like him, 
may offer ourselves to you
as a spiritual sacrifice 
to the praise of your glory.
Through Christ our Lord.

Excellent Translations by Vultus Christi

Last Prayer added to Compline on Shrove Tuesday

Lord, give us grace to inaugurate with holy fasting, the defenses of Christian warfare, so that we who are to fight against spiritual wickedness, may be helped and strengthened by self-denial. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.