Pictures of St. Veronica

Saint Veronica

There are the six images which claim to be the original veil or a direct copy of the Veronica

The Vatican Veronica.

The Holy Face of Vienna.

The Holy Face of Alicante.

The Holy Face of Jaén.

The Veil of St. Veronica kept in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome was revered in the middle ages and is stored behind the balcony in the southwest pier supporting the dome.
The Veronica Veil is displayed on the fifth Sunday of Lent (known as Passion Sunday) above the statue of Saint Veronica holding the veil displaying the face of Jesus.

There are also several pictures (and/or paintings) displaying St. Veronica holding the veil with the crown of thorns.

The word "icon" derives from the Greek "eikon" and means an image, any image or representation.

Christian images first appeared about the third century. Even though the representations of holy figures and holy events increased in number, traditionalists clung to the Second Commandment fearing any deviation from it would lead to heresy or idol worship.
In 726, the Emperor Leo III and a group of overzealous 'puritans' or traditionalists, banned all pictures and began the systematic destruction of holy images known as the 'period of iconoclasm'. The Fourth Ecumenical Synod (Council) in Chalcedon (451) defined that in Christ the two natures, human and divine, are united without confusion and without separation. The 'iconoclasts' rejected the images of Christ declaring they were simply material images and therefore offenses against the Second Commandment.

St. John of Damascus (675-749) and St. Theodore of Studios (759-826) wrote extensive treatises explaining the reasons for and the importance of icon veneration. The Damascene argued that "it is not divine beauty which is given form and shape, but the human form which is rendered by the painter's brush. Therefore, if the Son of God became man and appeared in man's nature, why should his image not be made?"

The Studite defended icons on the basis of the ideas of identity and necessity: "Man himself is created after the image and likeness of God; therefore there is something divine in the art of making images. . . As perfect man Christ not only can but must be represented and worshipped in images: let this be denied and Christ's economy of the salvation is virtually destroyed."

Iconoclasts, having rejected all representations of God, failed to take full account of the Incarnation. If one does not allow Christ's humanity one betrays the Incarnation and the belief our body and our soul must be saved and transfigured. Iconoclasm was not only a controversy about religious art, but about the Incarnation and the salvation of souls. The Empress Irene suspended the iconoclastic persecutions in 780. Seven years later the Seventh Ecumenical Synod in Nicaea reaffirmed the veneration of icons.

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