Friday, February 22, 2008

My Photographs of the Holy Face

In November of last year I received the grace to make a pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of the Holy Face in Manoppello. I consider it to have been one of the highlights of my life and wish that each and every human on the face of the earth would be able to go there to see the face of Jesus and to spend time in prayer to receive grace to be more fully alive. Here are some photographs of the Holy Face which I took while there.
These photos were taken from the top of the stairs behind the altar, you can see the altar below through the glass with the Sacramentary open for Mass. Unfortunately the light of my flash reflected on the glass, but you can still see the effects of the sunlight on the Holy Face and the floating effect that the image sometimes seems to have in relation to the fabric. One can also see the reflection of the stained glass windows on the back wall of the church which depict St. Michael Archangel conquering the devil, and St. Francis of Assisi receiving the stigmata. It is wonderful that one can stand less than two feet away from this holy image of Jesus and be totally free. Thank God for the Capuchin Friars and the good people of Manoppello.

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