Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,
We write to you today to give you all a brief update on the progress which has been made recently at St. Joseph's Hermitage.
As we are especially dedicated to the Holy Face of Jesus, we had for a long time been wanting to imitate the Holy Man of Tours, who kept an oil lamp perpetually burning before an image - similar to our one - of the Holy Face. Since the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross (14th September), we have finally been able to keep an oil lamp constantly burning in our own little Oratory before our Holy Face Image, which has been touched to the Veil of Veronica in Rome. We offer this small token of our homage in gratitude to God and to you, our dear benefactors, for whom we pray daily before His Holy Face. The oil from this lamp has been blessed, and after burning for the past week, it is now available for those of you who wish to receive it. Please see the attached document.
If you would like to receive this oil, we ask you to contact us through our website (carmelitesholyface.com/contact), and also let us know the address you wish it to be posted to, if you have not already done so. As we have already received a number of requests for this holy oil, please understand if we do not respond to you as promptly as we should. We will take note of your request, and will do our best to send your packet as soon as we can.
Meanwhile the repair work on the house continues, thanks to the support you have so kindly given us. The new rafters are now in place and the roof should be completed within the coming fortnight. We have also had electricity connected to our 3 cells and the temporary Oratory. The interior of the house has yet to be done, and we are dreading the bill for both the plumber and the electrician; however we trust in God and in the charity with which He has filled your hearts. He Who provides for the birds of the air and the lilies of the field will continue to provide for us too.
We assure you, as always, of our profound gratitude for your support; and of a daily remembrance in our prayers.
May God bless and reward you a hundredfold for all you have done and continue to do for us!
Your Sisters in Christ,
Mother Irene of the Holy Face O.Carm
HOLY FACE BLESSED OIL
Carmelite Nuns of the Holy Face, Co. Cork. Ireland
- Inspired by the Holy Man of Tours, blessed oil burns daily before a Relic Image of the Holy Face in the Oratory of the Carmelite Nuns of the Holy Face, Rep. of Ireland. The Carmelite Nuns are a Traditional Catholic Community who follow the 1962 Breviary and Latin Rite Mass. The Nuns are especially dedicated to making Reparation to the Holy Name and the Face of Jesus.
- The holy oil has been blessed by a Traditional Catholic priest using the old rite blessing.
- The blessed oil burns perpetually in an oil lamp before a Relic Image of the Holy Face which has touched the True Veil of Veronica in Rome. This Relic Image bears two engraved episcopal wax seals. It hangs directly above the Tabernacle where the Most Blessed Sacrament is reserved.
- bottle with 5ml of blessed oil.
- A suggested donation of $10.50 (approx. €9.00) covers the cost of materials and international shipping.
- The blessed oil is free.
- We shall also include other light weight blessed sacramentals free of charge.
Besides the Holy Oils which the Church reserves for use in the Sacraments, the Church also recognizes the use of blessed oil by the faithful as a sacramental. The purpose of this oil is primarily for healing and protection from harm; but the oil can also be used to pray for all the blessings which the oil represents; that is, all the riches which are ours in Christ Jesus. Blessed oil may be used by the faithful to bless themselves or someone they have authority over (parents to children, husbands to wives, God-parents to God-children). Beyond this, lay people should not bless other lay people since they do not have authority over them. The simplest way of blessing with oil is to make the sign of the cross on the forehead while saying the accompanying prayers. Other parts of the body can also be blessed especially when the need for healing may be localized in one or several parts of the body. Blessed oil may also be used in cooking.
If using on another, it is advisable to inform them that you are using blessed oil, which is not the Holy Oils of the Church, and that you are not administering a Sacrament of the Church. [Only a Catholic priest has the power to administer the Sacrament of Extreme Unction.]
RECITE THE FOLLOWING PRAYER WHILE TRACING THE SIGN OF THE CROSS ON THE FOREHEAD OR OTHER AILING BODY PART OF THE ONE BEING BLESSED.
MAY THE BLESSING OF ALMIGHTY GOD
- FATHER, SON, AND HOLY GHOST -
DESCEND UPON YOU AND REMAIN WITH YOU FOREVER
AND MAY HIS HOLY FACE SHINE UPON YOU.