Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Consoling Beauty of That Face

Raffaella Zardoni, in an article

entitled The Consoling Beauty of that Face

written as an introduction to the exhibit at the Rimini Meeting 2013 held August 18 to 24
The Rediscovered Face: the Unmistakeable Features of Christ

said in regards to the Holy Face of Manoppello

"No photo conveys the consoling beauty of that countenance which has all the characteristics of the faces of Christ but can not be compared to any painting whatsoever. It carries the signs of the Passion: the dislocated nose, the swollen and bloody lips, the blow on the cheek. Encountering his gaze one experiences what it means that God has made himself man's mirror, assuming to Himself all our depravity; while man, by this encounter, regains his life: in 1200 the Church assigned an indulgence to the recitation of a prayer in front of the Veronica (the first indulgence connected to an image)."

Eucharistic Adoration at the Basilica of the Holy Face of Manoppello

all photos by Paul Badde

1 comment:

Carol Surowiec said...

We adore you, O Christ and we praise you! Because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the World.