Sanctified copy of the Shroud of Turin will be on exhibit at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Greek Catholic Cathedral


Panel on the left shows the man's front and the back is pictured on the right

In honor of the fifth anniversary of St. Nicholas Eparchy, the Parish of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Greek Catholic Cathedral, 2238 W. Rice St., will have the privilege of exhibiting the fourteen foot by three and a half foot linen reproduction of the original Shroud of Turin.

The Shroud has been an unofficial symbol of devotion and an inspiring instrument of grace and conversion for those who have come looking for faith, healing and answers. Though authentication of the Shroud has been clouded in controversy for centuries, plant and pollen residue found on the cloth has been dated to the time of Jesus and the vicinity of Jerusalem. The bloodstains that penetrate the cloth are consistent with blood from wound injuries.

The sepia image which penetrates two microfibers of the thread is a negative imprint. When the image is photographed, it reveals the body of a crucified man - a 3-D image! There is no evidence of paint, stain, pigment, scorching or chemical residue to explain the presence of the image. Attempts to duplicate the Shroud have failed. All the markings on the Shroud: the marks left from the scourging of the body, the crowns of thorns, nails in the feet and wrists, piercing in the side, the unbroken legs; these are accurate Scriptural details of the crucifixion and death of Jesus.

The face of the Crucified Man is one we have become familiar with since the early centuries because the face of Jesus that we know today originates from the Shroud of Turin. There is no physical description of Jesus in the Gospels. The face on the Shroud matches all the images of Jesus from the 5th century.

On Oct. 1, the Feast Day of the Protection of the Mother of God (Pokrova), the Most Reverend Richard S. Seminack will celebrate a special vespers service in Ukrainian and English at 6:00 p.m. All are invited to join His Excellency in prayer and thanksgiving for the many gifts of grace, faith and healing that we have obtained over the years. Jesus heals by His Word and Presence, let us thank Him for the gift of His life, His death, and His resurrection.

The exhibit continues to Nov. 21, the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple (Vedennia Bohorodychi) at St. Nicholas Cathedral. Viewing of the Shroud will be Mon. to Fri. from 5 to 9 p.m. and Sat. and Sun. from 2 - 8 p.m. There will be no admission fee.

Schedule a tour, or to volunteer as a docent, email or call 773.276.4537.

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