Why did Jesus leave us the Shroud of Turin?
I had the blessing and privilege to tour the Shroud of Turin exhibit at the Pontifical Institute Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center several years ago. The focus of this exhibit is “Who is the man of the Shroud?” The science on display proving that the Shroud is in fact Jesus’ Shroud is fascinating! It shares with us the examination of the Shroud itself that dates it to the time and place of Christ’s Crucifixion. It also shares with us the truly horrid sufferings that He endured during His Passion. The Bible’s account of His Passion does not give us all of the gory details. The Gospel writers knew its horror and knew the people of their day knew the horror, and they simply said Jesus was scourged, Jesus was crucified.
Fast forward 2000 years and we only see the smooth skinned Jesus on the cross in our churches and in our homes. My post on Fr. Val shows an image of him standing next to a statue of Jesus scourged. I cannot stomach the picture. Because of my weak stomach I have never seen Mel Gibson’s Passion either. I have the Shroud and the details its experts share with us. I understand the extent that Jesus suffered for us.
With all this in mind, I attended another presentation on the Holy Shroud this past weekend. Presented by Donald H. Nohs, the General Director of the Confraternity of the Passion International, this talk had many props from the Crucifixion of Christ, including a life-sized image of the Holy Shroud, both the positive and the negative. Mr. Nohs shared with us even more details of the sufferings and tortures that Our Lord was subjected to, but he also shared with us the reason behind the existence of the Shroud. Why did Jesus leave us His Holy Shroud?
Mr. Nohs showed us the connection between the Holy Shroud and the corporal and pall that are used during the Liturgy of the Eucharist in the Latin/Roman Rite. The first Masses said by the Apostles and early Christians used the Holy Shroud as their altar cloth! Amazing! And instead of elevating the bread and wine, as we do today, for the consecration; the Apostles folded the Shroud over the bread and wine and said the prayers of consecration. He shared with us many more moving and inspirational points on the Shroud and the Passion of Our Lord. Invite him to your parish! And please support this ministry!
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