horrific 1915 earthquake that levelled tiny Manoppello, Italy,
brought forth from the local church’s rubble one of Christendom’s
long-lost, but most precious relics: the small cloth that lay on
Jesus’s face in the tomb.
John speaks of it in his Gospel: “When Peter went into the tomb, he
saw linen wrappings lying there, and
the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not
lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself.”
Tradition says that Our Lady herself laid this cloth on His face
before He was wrapped in His shroud for burial.
small veil — now known as the Holy
Face of Manoppello—
absorbed the very first new breath of the Risen Christ . . . and at
that same instant had imprinted on itself, miraculously, a vivid
image of the now-resurrected Jesus.
scholars have confirmed that this image corresponds perfectly in all
its measurements to the face of the dead Christ on the more famous
Shroud of Turin.
the Shroud, however, the Holy Face of Manoppello shows not the grim
visage of a dead man with eyes closed, but the lively face of the
living Christ, His eyes wide open, piercing us with their gaze.
2006, Pope Benedict made a pilgrimage to Manoppello to pray before
this image. In the decade since then, tens of thousands of other
pilgrims have followed in the Pope’s footsteps, making the trek to
central Italy to meet Jesus face-to-face.
thanks to author Paul Badde you can learn of the loss and recovery of
this precious relic. Better yet, by means of the dozens of color
pictures in this book, you, too, can encounter this miraculous cloth,
and finally gaze reverently on the face of the living Christ Himself!