The Veil of Veronica: From Concealment to Revelation

 by Mary-Catharine Carroll* Department of Theology, Saint Paul University Ottawa, Ontario, Canada The Veil of Veronica (called the Veronica) belongs to the tradition of miraculous images on cloth that claim to be made from the imprint of Christ’s face. Called Volto santo, or Holy Face, they include the Holy Face of Manoppello, the Holy Face…

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The Face of the Other: The Veronica and the Spread of its Cult in Europe

  Abstract Issues surrounding the cult of the Veronica, the cloth imprinted with the face of Christ, have been the object of numerous works of research. Reflecting on recent findings (please see the Convivium Supplement 2018, edited by A. Murphy, H.L. Kessler, M. Petoletti, E. Duffy and G. Milanese ), and undertaking new research paths,…

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The Cura Sanitatis Tiberii according to Ernst von Dobschütz

Zbigniew Izydorczyk (University of Winnipeg) Abstract The Cura sanitatis Tiberii is generally assumed to be the earliest textual witness to the legend of Veronica’s image of Christ. This work, attested in manuscripts since the eighth century (the Lucca codex), was critically edited by Ernst von Dobschütz in 1899 as part of his Christusbilder. Dobschütz based…

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The Roman Hospital of Santo Spirito in Sassia and the symbolic Communication of the Veronica

 Gisela Drossbach (Augsburg) Abstract In my paper I will focus on the following aspects: The genesis of the hospital and the Order of the Holy Ghost in the context of the papal letter of Innocent III concerning the Veronica (1208), as well as , the image of the Veronica in the “Liber Regulae”, the splendid…

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The Mass Proper of the Holy Face and of Saint Veronica in Medieval Liturgical Sources before the Tridentine Reform

Uwe Michael Lang (London) Abstract The liturgical veneration the Roman Veronica is first attested in a manuscript of the Capitular Archives of St Peter’s in the Vatican, which contains material dating from the 13th to the 15th century and includes a set of Mass orations with a “Collecta ad faciem Christi”. In the later Middle…

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Face to face with Christ in Late Medieval Rome. The Veil of Veronica in Papal Liturgy and Ceremony

Jörg Bölling (Hildesheim) Abstract The Veil of Veronica (“sudarium”) was one of the main relics preserved at the grave of Saint Peter, “prince of the apostles”. Whereas the other most important contact relics, pieces of the Holy Cross and the Holy Lance of Longinus, had no image of their own, the Veil in the belief…

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Quaesivi vultum tuum

Guido Milanese (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano, Brescia) Abstract The Introit Tibi dixit, unspectacularly placed during the second week of Lent, has been treated with much more consideration in the new liturgical calendars, where it has been moved to the preceding Sunday, and also to the Feast of the Transfiguration on the 6th of…

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Innocent III and Veronica’s Veil: Papal PR or Eucharistic Icon?

Rebecca Rist (University of Reading) Abstract This paper will examine the cult of the sudarium known as Veronica’s Veil which was created in 1208 by Pope Innocent III (1198-1216), became an important focus of pilgrimage to Rome during the thirteenth century and for the Jubilee Year of 1300, and was to continue as an inspirational…

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signatis… vultus tui: (re)impressing the Veronica in the Middle Ages

Aden Kumler (University of Chicago) Abstract Originating as an impressed image, in the later Middle Ages the Veronica was itself disseminated in the form of “secondary” impressions realized by means of a range of incised forms: not only seal matrices, but also rings, moulds, coin dies, and the presses employed in the making of eucharistic…

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‘Veronica’ images in England c.1240-c.1280

Nigel Morgan (University of Cambridge) Abstract It has long been well-known that Matthew Paris, Benedictine monk of St Albans and chronicler, made two drawings of what he considered to be the image of the Veronica Head of Christ (Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 16 and 26). One of these is accompanied by prayers. The earliest date…

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