St. Veronica Encounters The Lord
St. Veronica Encounters The Lord

In Church History, it is often difficult to distinguish between fact and legend. In the early years of Christianity, stories abounded concerning the spiritual exploits of saintly men and women, often making them out to be larger than life. Nevertheless, the embellishments associated with them do nothing to diminish the sincerity of their commitment to Christ.

ST. VERONICA certainly falls into that category. The Church has adhered to the pious tradition that she was, in fact, the woman with the issue of blood who touched the hem of the garment of our Lord as He was passing by (Matthew 9:20). After her divine healing, St. Veronica had such a deep devotion to Christ that it is said the she erected a statue of Him and placed it in front of her home as a token of gratitude.

The name “Veronica” comes from the Latin word “vere” (true) and the Greek word “eikon” (image). It is little wonder then that the story developed about St. Veronica stepping out of the crowd that fateful Good Friday and wiping the perspiring Face of the Lord with her veil – an act of kindness that left an imprint of the suffering Messiah upon it.

Through the years, several traditions have surfaced concerning “Veronica’s Veil.” Veronica is said to have married a Christian convert named Zacchalos, who joined her in extensive missionary efforts. The veil was their constant companion. One such adventure brought them to the court of the Emperor Tiberius, who was grievously ill. Miraculously, when the Emperor was shown the veil he was instantly cured of his disease. Little else can be factually verified about her life.

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