Vera Icon

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. 


Doom said...

Do you know much of what you write already? I do enjoy Catholicism for the centuries of consideration and thoughts and revelations that have been collected. Too dense, too much, sometimes. It can be overwhelming. But then, a rest, before looking at more, when able.

You are doing a very fine job of presenting some notions, by the way. Blessings.

Karl said...

Good evening Moi,

The contest is ending. Please stop by for a visit Haiku Monday: The Finale

Karl said...

Sorry Aunty Belle, I was cutting and pasting a little too fast.

Aunty Belle said...

Karl!! No apologies, I'se jes' so happy to see ya' even off in' it be a cut an' paste job. But very sorry to hear of the finale...but since I is guilty of not staying in the game, why is I surprised? I unnerstan.

Hope you all are well.