On Good Friday there are Stations of the Cross. The Sixth station is "Veronica wipes the face of Jesus with her veil." Of the fourteen stations, only this one is not found in the gospels. It is a tradition that is traced to the third century. Scholars point out that "Veronica" is "vera icon" or Latin for "True image." Apocryphal sources give this compassionate woman the name of Seraphina.
In 1847, in Tours France, Sr. Marie of St. Peter, reported a vision of Christ, His face bruised, bloodied, and spat upon when the woman, Veronica, reached out to clean His face with her veil. Christ told her, "Those who will contemplate the wounds on My Face here on earth, shall contemplate it radiant in heaven."
Thus was born the Devotion to the Holy Face, approved by Pope Leo XIII in 1885.
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