Saint Brigid Religious Education
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Stations of The Cross
Sixth Station: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
This story is not in the Bible.
Jesus is carrying the cross up the hill of Calvary to His death. A woman
named Veronica walks up to Jesus and wipes His face with her veil.
With not even a glance toward the soldiers or consideration of her
own safety, she sought to alleviate His suffering by gently wiping His face.
Veronica wipes the blood and sweat from the face of Jesus.
She is very courageous and kind. She listens with her heart - as she cares for
Jesus. She is showing us her love for Him, even during this terrible time.
Jesus left her a gift, an imprint of His holy face on her veil. This gift is
another reminder of His unending love for all.
This single gesture of love and concern meant so much to Jesus, and
to Veronica whose veil then miraculously bore a representation of
the face of Jesus (Veronica means ‘true image’).
Jesus felt the comfort of the cloth and opened His eyes, able to see her
without the blood and sweat trickling down His face. She wanted to reach out
and hug Him but the soldiers roughly pushed her back and they continued
along their way.