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Any one know of Veronica's Veil?

According to legend, a pious matron named Veronica took pity on Jesus as he was carrying his cross through the streets of Jerusalem on the way to his crucifixion at Calvary. She stepped forward from the crowd and wiped the blood and sweat from his face with her veil. Out of thanks for her kindness, Jesus worked a miracle and left a painting-like imprint of his face on the veil. The legend contends that the veil has healing powers.

The story is predominately held in faith by the Roman Catholic Church, which commemorates the event in a Lenten ritual called "the Stations of the Cross" and even lists Veronica among its saints, although there seems to be little or no evidence that the event actually took place or that Veronica ever existed. There is no mention of the event in any of the New Testament gospels.

I REMEMBER LEARNING ABOUT THIS IN CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. WHY IS SHE HELD IN HIGH REGARD IN ONLY CATHOLOSISM?

 
IhartU

Asked by IhartU at 4:55 PM on Aug. 24, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Lexylex - for Catholics there is a difference between Sacred Tradition which are the oral teachings of Christ passed on by the apostles as other traditions. They're not the same. Catholics have things like private devotions - the rosary and the stations of the cross are examples of these. In fact the actua; stations in the stations of the cross vary between churches and cultures - there's not just one way. The purpose of them is for us to reflect on the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ.


    What Is Sacred Tradition explains the idea more.

    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 6:53 PM on Aug. 24, 2009

  • Veronica's Veil is Catholic tradition. Catholicism holds tradition in the same esteem as (if not in some cases higher than) the Bible.
    Lexylex

    Answer by Lexylex at 5:03 PM on Aug. 24, 2009

  • So even though there is little to know proof this person ever existed, they still act as if it's fact?

    Does anyone know where the idea of Veronica even came from?
    IhartU

    Answer by IhartU at 5:55 PM on Aug. 24, 2009

  • The Vatican has the veil.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:21 PM on Aug. 24, 2009

  • Catholicism holds tradition in the same esteem as (if not in some cases higher than) the Bible
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    This is one million percent false. ONE MILLION! You are so far from wrong, you don't even have right in your viewing distance.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:23 PM on Aug. 24, 2009

  • Does anyone know where the idea of Veronica even came from?
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    you should google it.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:24 PM on Aug. 24, 2009

  • Actual Vatican Veil of Veronica: The traditional Veronica-Blessing in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, March 17, 2002

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:29 PM on Aug. 24, 2009

  • The story of Veronica and her veil does not, in fact, occur in the Bible, though the apocryphal "Acts of Pilate" gives this name to the woman with a blood flow who was cured by touching the hem of Jesus' cloak. Critics of the incidents historicity point to the very name of the saint: "Veronica" is a combination of Latin and Greek words meaning "true image." Nonetheless, the story has been a part of popular Christian culture for centuries, including a brief scene in Zefferelli's "Jesus of Nazareth."

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:30 PM on Aug. 24, 2009

  • Physical Features

    The almost transparent veil measures about 6.5 x 9.5 inches and bears dark red features of a bearded man with long hair and open eyes. The legend holds that Jesus rewarded Veronica's charity in wiping the sweat from his brow by imprinting his image into the cloth. The image on the Monoppello cloth becomes invisible depending on the angle from which the cloth is viewed.
    "The fact that the face appears and disappears according to where the light comes from was considered a miracle in itself in medieval times," noted Pfeiffer. "There are few such objects in history. This is not a painting. We don't know what the material is that shapes the image, but it is the color of blood."

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:30 PM on Aug. 24, 2009

  • Scientific Investigation

    Ultraviolet examinations of the cloth, carried out by Prof. Donato Vittore of the University of Bari, confirm that the image is not paint. Particularly noteworthy are several small flecks of reddish brown -- presumably drops of blood from the wounds caused by the crown of thorns.
    Enlarged digital photographs of the veil reveal that the image is identical on both sides of the cloth -- a feat impossible to achieve by ancient techniques. These photographs have also been used to compare the veil with the face on the Shroud of Turin, which millions of Christians believe to be Jesus' burial sheet. Striking similarities were apparent: the faces are the same shape, both have shoulder-length hair with a tuft on the forehead, and the beards match.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:31 PM on Aug. 24, 2009

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