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The Holy Face of Jesus from the image of Veronica's veil
(The veil is kept in St. Peters Basilica, Rome.)

Regarding some of the variations found in the Golden Arrow prayer


Several visitors to our website have inquired about the variations found in the "Golden Arrow" prayer as seen in several books about the devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus. Here we will briefly summarize some of the differences found.

Looking at some of the books on our Articles & Books page, the books, "Life of Sr. Mary St. Peter" (1884), the "Life of Sr. St. Pierre" (1885), the Archconfraternity Manual (1887), and "Devotions to the Holy Face" (1890), all use the phrase, "in hell" within the Golden Arrow prayer. These books were all approved by the Church with imprimatur.

However the books, "Sr. St. Pierre And the Work of Reparation" (imprimatur 1885), and "The Message of Sr. Mary of St. Peter" (Bossche, imprimatur 1953) instead state, "by all the creatures of God".

Furthermore, the "Little Manual of the Confraternity of the Holy Face" (imprimatur 1960), and the "Golden Arrow" (imprimatur 1954) state, "in the hells". Actually, the book "The Golden Arrow" contains two different versions of the Golden Arrow prayer; one using "in the hells" on page 113, and the other using "under the earth" on page 226.

This quote from Sr. Mary of St. Peter in the "Life of Sr. Mary St. Peter" (1884), page 128, speaks about the phrase used in the prayer:

"As I was not a little astonished when Our Lord said "and in hell", he had the goodness to make me understand that his justice was there glorified. I beg to remark, that he did not only mean the place where the wicked are punished, but also purgatory, where he is loved and glorified by the suffering souls. The word hell is not merely applied to the place where the damned are confined, for our faith teaches us that the Saviour descended into hell or Limbo, there the souls of the just were detained until his Coming ; and does not our holy mother the Church pray her divine Spouse to deliver the souls of her children from the gates of hell? A porta inferi erue, Domine, animas rum; (Office of the Dead.)"

As for the quote, "under the earth", our pamphlet and website use this phrase in the Golden Arrow prayer because we used the book, "The Golden Arrow" (imprimatur 1954) as a reference when starting this apostolate. The phrase "under the earth" is found in many other places throughout the history of Church writings as well. For example:


Scripture: "And no man was able, neither in heaven, nor on earth, nor under the earth, to open the book, nor to look on it" Apoc 5:3


Scripture: "That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth" Phil 2:10


Sister St. Pierre, Work of Reparation 1885: "Gospel of the Holy Name of Jesus: In the name of Jesus let every knee bow, of things in Heaven, of things on earth, and of things under the earth, and let every tongue confess that our Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father. (Phil. ii. 10.)"


Numerous references to this phrase can also be found in the Catholic Encyclopedia, Summa Theologica, Catechisms, in quotes from Saints etc, also confirming that it has always been a common phrase used to refer to the hells (Purgatory)

In the end, all phrases mentioned have the same meaning, and the Church has approved of all of them equally.