St Veronica Candle and Card 2
The St Veronica candle and card 2 is dedicated to the woman we reflect on while meditating on the passion of Our Lord, Jesus.
Saint Veronica is known as the woman who offered a cloth to Jesus so He could wipe His face on the way to His crucifixion. The cloth is believed to exist today in the Vatican and is considered one of the most treasured relics of the Church.
Saint Veronica is not mentioned in the Bible, but is known to us by Catholic tradition and in the Sixth Station of the Cross, “Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus.”
Legend states that as Christ was walking to Calvary, his face dripping with sweat and blood, Saint Veronica, a bystander, was moved with compassion. She approached Jesus and offered Him a cloth, likely her veil, which He accepted and used to wipe His face.
The image of his face was subsequently imprinted on the cloth.
There are no legends from the period which speak of Veronica either before or after her act of compassion. We do not know when she was born or when she died. She is literally lost to history. However, the cloth may still exist today, kept safe at St. Peter’s in Rome.
This particular cloth bearing the likeness of Christ’s face, is considered one of the most treasured relics in the Vatican. According to legend, it is the original relic. Many copies were created and some were passed along as genuine.
Candle at Christmas
We use the candle at Christmas to symbolize the Light of Christ, the Light of the world. Also, it used to be a tradition in Catholic families to put a lighted candle in the window. This was to guide Joseph and Mary on their journey. The lighted candle is a nice at any time to remind us to pray to the Light of the world.