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St. Veronica by Blanchard Jacques, State Hermitage Museum – St Petersburg

 

Today is the Feast of Saint Veronica

(1st c.)

St. Veronica is one of the holy women of Jerusalem who accompanied Jesus on the Way of the Cross. Out of her sorrow and compassion she offered Jesus her veil to wipe the blood and sweat from his face as He carried the cross on the way to His crucifixion. In gratitude for her simple yet gracious act, Jesus left an image of His face on the cloth. According to tradition, Veronica afterwards went to Rome and brought the cloth with her. This piece of cloth, known as Veronica’s Veil, has been venerated as a holy and miraculous image of Jesus Christ ever since. It has been kept since ancient times in St. Peter’s Basilica. On the Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross) in Jerusalem there is a small chapel called the Chapel of the Holy Face that was built on the site of St. Veronica’s home and the location where the miracle took place. St. Veronica’s feast day is July 12th.

Credit: Morning Offering; https://www.morningoffering.com/

Be another Veronica who wipes away the blood and tears of Jesus, her only Beloved.

Saint Therese

 

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Saint Veronica shows The Holy Face to the Virgin Mary and Saint John by Juan Antonio Vera Calvo

 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of  witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while  keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith.

Hebrews 12:1

 

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The Veronica, by Guido Reni

Saint Veronica, Holy Woman of Jerusalem, Martyr, pray for us.

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)

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