Vera Icon

The cloth used by the pious matron, Seraphia, to wipe the face of Jesus as He made His way to Calvary has maintained the same aura of mystery that has intrigued the viewers of the Holy Shroud of Turin. It has been as carefully and reverently guarded, but it has not yet attracted the same amount of scientific interest as has the better known, full-length image of the crucified Christ, this probably due in part to the veil’s faded and delicate condition.

The image that was impressed on the cloth as a symbol of Jesus’ gratitude for Seraphia’s courageous and compassionate act of mercy was known from the beginning as vera icon, Latin for true image. The two words were gradually appropriated as the proper name of the person instead of the relic, thus transforming the name Seraphia to Veronica.

El Greco - The Holy Face

We are told that Veronica was a woman of position, being the wife of Sirach, one of the councilors belonging to the temple, and that she was approximately 40 years of age at the time of the incident. Various reports have her living on or near the Via Dolorosa and it is popularly believed that she stepped into history during the pause when Simon of Cyrene was recruited to help in the carrying of the cross.

Just as Mary Magdalene anointed the head of Jesus and was honoured  with the words: “Wherever in the world this gospel is preached, this also that she has done shall be told in memory of her”  So, too, has Veronica’s kindly act been memorialized. Although not mentioned in Scripture, Veronica is recognized worldwide in the sixth Station of the Cross.

Tradition relates how the ailing Tiberius Caesar, on learning about this memorial, invited Veronica to Rome and sent a messenger to collect all that could be learned about the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus. Veronica showed the cloth to the emperor, who was immediately cured of his grievance. It is believed she remained in Rome, living there at the time of Saints Peter and Paul.

During the three centuries of persecution the relic was kept in the depths of the catacombs, but was afterwards placed in the church constructed over the tomb of St. Peter. It is in this church, that developed into the Basilica of St. Peter, that the Holy Face has been kept from the earliest times.

9 Responses to “Vera Icon”


  1. 1 Sr. Alphonsine September 21, 2009 at 23:15

    Great Gabriella.

    Regarding the Shroud of Turin, the media made such a big show in 1988 when carbon dating confirmed that it was medieval!! but I bet you that nobody has read the small print on all newspapers when new more reliable scientific findings have recently demonstrated that the sample tested in 1988 was a repair piece added on in the middle ages. 🙂

    The shroud dates back to Jesus’ time.
    Always trust Catholic tradition!!

    http://www.shroudstory.com/

    God bless you all.

  2. 2 Clinton September 21, 2009 at 23:32

    Hi all
    check out these beautiful images of the Holy Face by famous artists
    http://www.ewtn.com/gallery/holyface/index.htm

  3. 3 nazareth priest September 22, 2009 at 00:56

    “Lord, let your Face shine upon us, and we shall be saved!”
    Thank you for this most moving testament of our Lord’s saving Love!

  4. 4 Mary Nicewarner September 22, 2009 at 01:32

    I didn’t know Veronica wasn’t her real name. Now, when I meditate on the Passion and I think about her kindness I’ll know her true name. Thanks, Gabriella, Seraphia is an angelic name;)

  5. 5 Ron September 22, 2009 at 09:45

    Veronica removed her veil and wiped the sweat from the face of the “true icon” which is Christ. Christ and His resurrection is the “true icon” not Veronica’s Veil or any other relic from the past. By removing her veil Veronica was able to see Christ and be a witness to His resurrection and much in the same manner for ourselves we are reminded by the words of Paul in 2 Corinthians 3:16 that, “whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away,” for the true icon for us today, as it has been since His Passion, is Christ’s gift of Himself in the Eucharist where the spiritual food of the Body and Blood of Christ may be found under the appearances of the Bread and Wine. For as said by St. Thomas, “O sacred banquet, in which Christ is received, a memory of His Passion is recalled, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us”. So all we need to see Christ is our faith for as said in Hebrews 11:1, “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

  6. 6 Raman Chakravorthy September 22, 2009 at 10:20

    I believe the original veil has recently been moved from St. Peter’s to a shrine which is located in a remote Capuchin monastery in Manoppello in the Apennine Mountains.

  7. 7 anne bender September 22, 2009 at 11:10

    This is another awesome post Gabriella. I learn so much from you! Like Mary, I did not realize that her name was not Veronica. This is one of my favorite stories. I would love to have been Veronica, to have to courage to step out of the crowd to offer comfort to Jesus. I can still do that today, by comforting others. How blessed we are to be followers of Jesus and to walk in the footsteps of his friends, the saints!

  8. 8 Lulu September 22, 2009 at 14:16

    I didn’t know this!
    Thank you.

  9. 9 Pablo H. November 16, 2009 at 02:10

    I would like to meet you.

    Or at least speak to you on the telephone. I have an Italian translator.

    Would you please arrange this?

    Hasta Pronto,

    pablo

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