SHROUD OF TURIN TO BE VENERATED ON HOLY SATURDAY VIA TV, INTERNET
(La Stampa – Torino) – Coronavirus, Saturday, April 11, extraordinary Shroud veneration on live TV and social media.
At 5pm local time, Archbishop Nosiglia will lead a liturgy of prayer and contemplation from the cathedral that houses the Shroud.
Archbishop Cesare Nosiglia of Turin, custodian of the Holy Shroud of Turin, has announced via Youtube that on Holy Saturday, April 11, there will be a televised meditation of the Shroud, visible throughout the world, accompanied by prayer.
“Thousands and thousands of people, young and old, healthy and sick – said the archbishop – have asked me, at this time of such serious difficulty, if we could pray in Holy Week in front of the Shroud to implore before the image of the dead and resurrected Christ that the sacred cloth presents us in such a concrete way, to ask him for the grace to overcome evil as he did on the cross, trusting in the goodness and mercy of God.”
Archbishop Nosiglia explained that he “gladly accepted this request: I assure everyone that we will carry it out on Holy Saturday starting at 5 pm: I will preside over a long prayer in front of the Shroud, thanks to television and social media. Thus, this time of contemplation will make available to everyone throughout the world, the image of the Sacred Cloth that reminds us of the passion and death of the Lord but which also opens our hearts to faith in the resurrection. Love is stronger: this is the Easter announcement of the Shroud that fills our hearts with gratitude and faith. Yes, the love with which Jesus gave us his life is stronger than any suffering, disease and contagion, any trial and discouragement. Nothing and no one can ever separate us from this love, it unites us to him with an indissoluble bond.”
Some of the many photos I took on a visit to Turin for a Shroud exposition:
The archbishop of Turin then recalled that, “Pope Francis, for the 2013 televised exposition, told us: ‘It is not we who contemplate in the Shroud a face that has its eyes closed by death, but it is he who looks at us to make us understand what great love he had for us, freeing us from sin and death. That face speaks to our heart, it communicates a great peace to us, and it is as if it says ‘trust us’, do not lose hope, the strength of the love of God and the Risen One wins everything. Dear friends throughout the world, I wait for you to raise to God through the contemplation of the Shroud a choral prayer together with his son Jesus our brother and Savior. Yes, the Shroud always repeats it to our heart: love is stronger.”