Starting at 23:40 of the most recent episode of Vaticano, EWTN's weekly television program originating in Rome there is a most beautiful segment on the Holy Face of Manoppello as one of the "clues" which demonstrates the reality of the Resurrection of Jesus.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
text and photos by Antonio Bini
As has taken place for a number of years, the pastoral region of Scafa, on one of the last Fridays of Lent, celebrated on March 31, with the participation of Archbishop Bruno Forte, the Lenten outdoor Way of the Cross according to the ancient tradition of the Roman church.
At 4pm the sizeable procession from various parishes comprising: Scafa, Manoppello, Serramonacesca, Lettomanoppello, Turrivalignani, Tocco da Casauria, Roccamorice, Caramanico Bolognano met at the foot of the ascent to the Sanctuary, called "Fonte Leone", moving towards the Shrine, with stops at the individual stations.
With devotion, the religious and lay faithful prayed and sang, arriving at the Holy Face Basilica where Mass was celebrated, presided over by Archbishop Forte, assisted by several priests. Some priests were available for confession.
After the Mass the Archbishop, in reiterating his personal connection to the Sanctuary, recalled the tradition of the Way of the Cross which he began several years ago, wishing everyone a good journey together towards Easter.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
A solemn celebration commemorated the procession instituted by Innocent III in 1208. For the first time in the history of the Holy Face a Canon of St. Peter's, Mons. Americo Ciani, celebrated Mass in the Shrine of Manoppello. At the beginning of the Mass Mons. Ciani was introduced by Fr. Carmine Cucinelli, OFM, Cap., the Rector of the Basilica, who thanked Mons. Ciani for being willing to come to Manoppello, explaining that the celebration was in continuity with that of the celebration in Rome last Omnis Terra Sunday. cf. http://holyfaceofmanoppello.blogspot.com/2016/01/edward-pentin-of-national-catholic.html
Mons. Ciani, during his homily, recognized "the authenticity and uniqueness of this marvelous image in which the Lord has shown Himself through His Son." He also remembered the dear departed Archbishop Edmund Farhat -- also a Canon of St. Peter's-- who passed away last December 17. (photo below of Archbishop Farhat at the left with Mons. Ciani) Read the masterful homily of Archbishop Farhat during the Holy Face celebration in Rome in January 2016 http://holyfaceofmanoppello.blogspot.com/2016/01/archbishop-edmond-y-farhats-homily-at.html
In the course of an interview which followed the celebration Mons. Ciani confirmed that the Veronica disappeared from Rome in 1527.
The celebration of the Sunday of Omnis Terra was attended by a multitude of the devoted in an intense way with profound participation, all of whom arrived at the Shrine where in the streets were seen large amounts of snow which had accumulated in the days leading up to the feast.
Another emotional moment was the prayer led by Mons. Ciani at the end of the Mass for the victims of the earthquakes of central Italy and of other parts of the world. This prayer also recalls the historic events of 1703 which was the first procession of the Holy Face in Manoppello to invoke the Lord after the dramatic earthquake of that year which destroyed many towns in Abruzzo. Particularly moved by the feast was Fr. Heinrich Pfeiffer, S.J., leading expert on the Holy Face, who arrived in Manoppello from Palermo, despite not being in good health, The solemn celebration was enriched by the choir of the Basilica directed by Maestro Nicola Constantini. Also present were the heralds of the Holy Face and a delegation of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre.
Below are photos of three protagonists of the history of the Holy Face: Fr. Heinrich Pfeiffer, Sr. Blandina, also expert regarding the Holy Face together with Fr. Pfeiffer, and Paul Badde. The photos are useful to understand the situation of the piles of snow around the area of the church. From the photos one can see the progress in the work for the "House of Pilgrims". The work ought to be completed by the beginning of April
First News from Paul Badde of Renewed Omnis Terra Celebration of the Holy Face in Manoppello January 15 2017 Along with Homily by Mons. Americo Ciani and Prayer in Time of Earthquake
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
SHRINE OF THE HOLY FACE OF MANOPPELLO
During the special Jubilee Year of Mercy - with a memorable pilgrimage to Rome - there was evoked the procession instituted by Pope Innocent III in 1208 of the Holy Face from San Peter's to Santo Spirito di Sassia on the second Sunday after Epiphany, called "Omnis Terra". We remember the event in our basilica with the following program:
Sunday January 15, 2017
11am Holy Mass presided by Mons. Americo Ciani,
Canon of the Patriarchal Basilica of St. Peter's in the Vatican
Procession in the interior of the Basilica with
the monstrance containing the Holy Face and benediction
3pm: Showing of the EWTN documentary
Omnis Terra 2016, including the homily
of Archbishop Edmondo Farhat
· The illustration taken from “Liber regulae Sancti Spiritus in Saxia” (1350 ca.), shows Pope Innocent III with the Veronica