Message from the Dean
With the world crumbling around us
before the assaults of the Devil, many of us today are trying to
find some refuge of stability and peace. It goes without
saying that if we look for that peace solely within the confines of
the world and its secular values, we will not find it. In
fact, we cannot hope to find anything remotely resembling that
perfect peace which proceeds from God alone.
The Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula, in its
efforts to preserve and restore the Church's true faith and
liturgical traditions, recognizes the mayhem resulting from the
almost universal apostasy of our Church leaders. We know and
understand that those who remain loyal to tradition find themselves
bereft of the holy comfort and sacred truths the Church is meant to
be providing, and sadly we watch, as more and more of our
fellow-Catholics fall away into the swamp of apostasy, sin, and
despair. We know and understand what Catholics are feeling,
and their need to cling to something which can give them stability
and restore their hope and faith in this world gone mad.
For this reason, the Guild has sought out
the most basic foundation of our spiritual life, and presents it
here for your consideration, and then, hopefully, for your
meditation and devotion. For where can we find a more direct
vision of heaven and the supreme peace of that ultimate destiny with
God than in the Divine Face of our Lord Jesus Christ? If,
as St. Paul says, comparing the instability of this life with
the peace of the next, "Now we see through a glass, darkly, but then
face to face" (I Corinthians
13, 12), then what better way to dispel the dark hopelessness of our current world than by gazing "face to face" upon
the Son of God himself?
"Yea, though I walk through the valley of
the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me (Ps.
22, 4). This dark path we tread with the Lord, our Shepherd, is the Way of the Cross
that takes us to a second
Crucifixion, a spiritual one in which it is the turn of our blessed Lord's
Mystical Body--the Church--to suffer the cruel tortures of
apostasy, heresy and persecution. When Christ walked this same path
to Golgotha, he bequeathed to the holy woman
Veronica the image
of his Holy Face on the veil with which she had wiped the blood and
sweat from his face. This was not a miracle performed
for St. Veronica alone. The Holy Face of Jesus imprinted on
Veronica's Veil looks out far beyond Calvary to this world in which
we live today, a stark reminder that true peace is to be found in the very
suffering from which we are trying to seek refuge. We will
find our rest only in embracing the Cross we carry, a cross chosen by the
good Lord who alone knows what is best for us.
For this reason, it is so very necessary to
keep this image of the Holy Face ever before us. By adoring
the Holy Face of Jesus, we make reparation for our sins and for the
sins of the whole world; we merit the graces needed to endure our
trials and misfortunes; and by sharing in our Lord's Passion and in the
very tribulations we endure, we
participate in his act of redemption. If we seek peace in this
world, it is here in this miraculous image of Christ's own Holy Face
that we shall surely find it.
Is it too much to hope, as we kneel before
this image of the Holy Face of Jesus imprinted for all time on the
Veil of Veronica, that our blessed Lord and Saviour might reach down
to us and wipe the blood and sweat from our own brows?
do receive any such consolations through our devotion to the Holy Face,
it is certainly beyond what we deserve, and yet our good Lord in
heaven seems to take delight in bestowing upon his children those
extra gifts of love we've done nothing to earn. In any case,
we may be certain that in Jesus' Holy Face there is the image of the
divine, the eternal peace of God, and we may certainly hope that, through our
adoration of that divine Face, our own faces may indeed be wiped
We welcome anyone who would like to join in
our adoration of the Holy Face of Jesus through the Society of Veronica's Veil.
All we ask is that you regularly sacrifice a little of your
time to venerate and adore our Lord's most Holy Face. This can be done
with the help of the prayers contained on this website and in the
Manual of the Archconfraternity of the Holy Face, or even by simply
meditating on our Lord's Passion and Death before the sacred image.
More details will be available as time goes by, but for now, please
join us in praying that devotion to the Holy Face may increase in
these troubled times and be the source of much needed graces for the
Church and the world.
With my blessing,
Fr. Bernard G. Hall
Dean of Chapter,
Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula
Let God arise and his enemies be
And let all that hate him flee before his Face.