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Stations of the Cross - In the Light of the Shroud (extremely powerful!)
GSB ^ | Lent 2006

Posted on 03/19/2006 6:08:51 AM PST by NYer

Far too large and graphic intensive to post, here are some excerpts. Click on the link below to move to the Stations of the Cross, according to the Shroud of Turin.

What better way to comprehend the true reality of the Passion of Christ than to compare the traditional Stations of the Cross — handed down to us by St. Francis and the Franciscans — than by comparing them with the scientific and medical Truths found in more than 600,000 hours of peer-reviewed research surrounding the Shroud of Turin.

For it is the very burial cloth of Jesus, proven not only by the Image of the Holy Face imprinted on the linen, but by the fact that the Saints themselves have instinctually venerated this sacred relic.

The
Shroud shows us the Passion of Christ unlike anything in mankind’s history, and unlike a movie, presents accurate details of a Sacrifice no normal person could endure. Not since the eyewitnesses to the Crucifixion of Jesus has anyone been able to comprehend the true depth of what our Lord went through.

In this Light, let us then examine each Station and what the
Shroud can visually show us as believers in the 3rd Millennium.

THE FIRST STATIONJESUS IS CONDEMNED TO DEATH
     From the Image of Jesus on the
Shroud of Turin we can contemplate what His Body looked like at this point as Pilate asks the people of Israel what he should do with their Messiah.

     Jesus is 6-feet tall.  The Roman scourgers had our Lord bend over a 3-foot pillar to endure the whipping — a whipping they administered to the front and back of Jesus’ Body.  No normal person would have survived this scourging.

     Jesus receives, from the marks visible on His cloth, at the very least, 120 blows to His Body.  It was against Mosaic Law to punish anyone with more than 40 lashes; yet Jesus is suffering under Roman law, where there is no limit.  Usually, the Romans did not have to crucify anyone after they had whipped them so severely:  under these circumstances, the victim normally died before they could make it to a cross.

     Researchers, in trying to comprehend in our modern understanding the severity of this beating, have likened the
Scourging of Christ as equivalent to a person being shot seven times by a .44-caliber Magnum! No one usually survives one shot from a .44, let alone seven!  This proves that Jesus is unique, for He is True God and True Man.

     One last point on this Station, Jesus is wearing a
Crown of Thorns, but that is only a symbolic statement.  Our Lord is actually wearing a Cap of Thorns.  Pollen found on the Shroud proves the cloth was in Israel as the evidence of the thorn bush that makes up the Cap of Thorns comes from a plant that only grows in Palestine.

     This thorn bush grows 2– to 3-inch-long spikes — a very vicious plant.  Experts believe had the Roman soldiers tried to fashion this Cap of Thorns around our Lord’s Head, they would have lacerated their hands.  It is theorized, therefore, that the soldiers probably whacked the Cap of Thorns into Jesus’ Head using their swords to accomplish the task and then tied it to keep it in place.

THE SECOND STATION: JESUS CARRIES HIS CROSS
     While we should always love, honor and venerate the
Stations of the Cross, there is a mistake in the Sacred art when it shows Jesus carrying a T-shaped Cross.  The Romans never had their prisoners carrying the stipe — that was too heavy for any individual to carry and was placed in the ground by soldiers and horses waiting for its next victim.  The Romans had their prisoners carry a crossbeam across their shoulders, weighing anywhere from 75 to 100 pounds.  The Shroud, unlike the Stations, is archaeologically correct, as it clearly shows Jesus carrying His Crossbeam across His shoulder.

     This Crossbeam is irritating Jesus’ back.  To understand how painful this is, think of how much a splinter can hurt and we can’t wait for a loved one to remove it for us. Jesus cannot remove the splinters of His Crossbeam and they are rubbing against the very wounds that have ripped parts of His flesh out from the scourging He received at the hands of the soldiers.

     In fact, Jesus once told a visionary that His right shoulder blade was His most severe wound, causing Him the most agony.  We can see the Truth of this when we look at the dorsal Image on the
Shroud.  Interestingly, this part of the shoulder is know in Latin as the “scapula.” What did Mary give us as a gift to help save us from the fires of hell and Purgatory?  The “Scapular”! Most people refuse to wear this piece of cloth because it “irritates” their back — a spiritual message to remind us of the Crossbeam of Christ which irritated His scapula!

THE THIRD STATION: JESUS FALLS THE FIRST TIME
     On the right knee of the
Shroud, we can see a severe skinning of the kneecap and researchers discovered dirt in that area that matches the type found in Jerusalem.

SHROUD STATIONS



TOPICS: Activism; Apologetics; Catholic; Current Events; History; Ministry/Outreach; Prayer
KEYWORDS: christ; eucharist; jesus; meditation; shroud; stationsofthecross; sudarium; turin

1 posted on 03/19/2006 6:08:58 AM PST by NYer
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To: american colleen; Lady In Blue; Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; ...
Regardless of whether you believe the image on the Shroud to be that of our Lord, using the physical evidence from the Shroud, provides a powerful insight into the sufferings of the Man of the Shroud.


2 posted on 03/19/2006 6:13:58 AM PST by NYer (Discover the beauty of the Eastern Catholic Churches - freepmail me for more information.)
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To: american colleen; Lady In Blue; Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; ...
Regardless of whether you believe the image on the Shroud to be that of our Lord, using the physical evidence from the Shroud, provides a powerful insight into the sufferings of the Man of the Shroud.


3 posted on 03/19/2006 6:15:07 AM PST by NYer (Discover the beauty of the Eastern Catholic Churches - freepmail me for more information.)
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To: NYer

I truly enjoyed watching the movie, "The Passion of The Christ". Not because I like seeing the torture, and so on. It was because, it showed how truly cruel man can be. Today, much of this cruelty is carried out through mind games, which would be in secret so the perpetrators think they are getting away with it all. Not so. God knows each motive of our heart. We can hide nothing from God. And this is why people were so spellbound by, "The Passion of The Christ". Three cheers for Mel Gibson...


4 posted on 03/19/2006 7:46:12 AM PST by Mrs. Darla Ruth Schwerin
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To: NYer

Thank you for that post, it was very interesting. I especially liked the parts about the Mandylion and Station 13 that mentions the Sudario. (Mandylion was what the Shroud was called in Byzantium.)

The Sudarium trumps about all arguments against the Shroud being real. More about it here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1302672/posts

I wish I could find a Crucifix that is based on the wounds of Jesus as shown in the Shroud and Sudarium. I would like to have it with a sudarium covering His Face. Seeing the statues covered during Holy Week always affected me, even before I heard about the Sudarium.


5 posted on 03/19/2006 7:57:36 AM PST by Nihil Obstat
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To: Nihil Obstat; NYer
The Holy Season of Lent -- The Stations of the Cross

A Few of FR's Finest...Every Day...The Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross

The Way of The Cross - a devotional reflection on Christ's Passion

Stations of the Cross - In the Light of the Shroud (extremely powerful!)

6 posted on 03/19/2006 8:03:02 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Mrs. Darla Ruth Schwerin

I just wondered this morning when Mel Gibson would do a second release of his movie. I know I would go to see it again and I would take friends that did not see it the first time! (Saw it twice the first time -- spiritually magnificient!)


7 posted on 03/19/2006 8:05:12 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Oh, yes. I thought it was wonderful, too. Just couldn't believe he had it all figured out so clearly. His movie has caused so very many people to, truly think about that. He is held in such high regard for this. Anyway, I also saw it twice in the theater. I own the DVD, along with the VCR format. It's just the BEST...


8 posted on 03/19/2006 8:33:46 AM PST by Mrs. Darla Ruth Schwerin
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To: Salvation

A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful for making the Stations of the Cross under the normal conditions:

one is free from all attachment from sin
one receives the Sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist
one prays for the intentions of the Pope


9 posted on 03/19/2006 9:28:26 AM PST by Nihil Obstat
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To: Nihil Obstat
Its the being free from all attachment to sin that gets me, ah well partial indulgences are useful also.
10 posted on 03/19/2006 10:03:18 AM PST by Talking_Mouse (Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just... Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Alamo-Girl; Angelas; Bellflower; Buggman; GregoTX; HiTech RedNeck; Carpe Cerevisi; ...
Shroud of Turin PING.

If you want on or off the Shroud of Turin Ping List, Freepmail me.


11 posted on 03/19/2006 11:21:09 AM PST by Swordmaker (Beware of Geeks bearing GIFs.)
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To: Swordmaker

thank much for the ping.


12 posted on 03/19/2006 11:26:50 AM PST by ex-snook (God of the Universe, God of Creation, God of Love, thank you for life.)
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To: Nihil Obstat

If you ever find such a crucifix, or even just a holy picture like that, let me know!


13 posted on 03/19/2006 11:55:54 AM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Nihil Obstat
I wish I could find a Crucifix that is based on the wounds of Jesus as shown in the Shroud and Sudarium.


Holy Shroud Crucifix

Why This Cross is Different!The physical proportions of the Lords body as well as several details of the passion, such as the placement of the nails, the left foot over the right foot, the lance wound and the crown of thorns are based on the Holy Shroud of Turin.

There are several online religious goods stores that sell the Shroud Crucifix. Do a google search to locate them.

14 posted on 03/19/2006 12:16:55 PM PST by NYer (Discover the beauty of the Eastern Catholic Churches - freepmail me for more information.)
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To: NYer
Thanks, NYer. I'm imagining one with a more realistic corpus. Are you familiar with the Spanish baroque style crucifix? The style is similar to the Italian masters like Caravaggio, but the Spanish style is more intense.

The shroud shows Jesus was scourged mercilessly, His face was beaten, that His hands were bound while He carried the cross and that His knees and shoulders took the impact of His falls and the weight of the cross. It must have been gruesome.

The body would be positioned more like the picture in your post #20 here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1302672/posts


(I hope no lurkers are offended by that description, but a crucifix like that would help me meditate on all that Jesus did for me.)
15 posted on 03/19/2006 1:10:25 PM PST by Nihil Obstat
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To: Swordmaker

Thanks for the ping!


16 posted on 03/19/2006 9:13:10 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: NYer
For it is the very burial cloth of Jesus, proven not only by the Image of the Holy Face imprinted on the linen, but by the fact that the Saints themselves have instinctually venerated this sacred relic.

What's instinctually?

17 posted on 03/20/2006 5:51:21 AM PST by curmudgeonII (One man...and the Lord...are a majority.)
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To: Nihil Obstat
Are you familiar with the Spanish baroque style crucifix?

Yes ... that is the style of Crucifix we have at our church. Perhaps it is worth researching those studios that produce these styles and providing your suggestion. I for one think it is an excellent idea.

18 posted on 03/20/2006 7:04:58 AM PST by NYer (Discover the beauty of the Eastern Catholic Churches - freepmail me for more information.)
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To: NYer

Thank you for posting this, NYer!


19 posted on 03/20/2006 7:25:50 AM PST by Convert from ECUSA (The "religion of peace" is actually the religion of constant rage and riots.)
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To: Swordmaker; NYer; All
Notice the severely fractured right cheekbone. Looks to me that the right mandible is fractured right through a bit below the lower teeth. Massively broken nose, of course. Fresh wounds made shortly before death I think by the shape of the swelling. The nose would be as big as a lemon otherwise. The eyes have shrunken into the head, about correct for the Third Day.

The Shroud of Turin is indeed the Mandylion. It is indeed. It is His shroud. Miraculous it has survived, or course.

One remembers that the moslems took the True Cross that day at the Horns of Hattin.
20 posted on 03/21/2006 1:47:02 AM PST by Iris7 (Dare to be pigheaded! Stubborn! "Tolerance" is not a virtue!)
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To: Nihil Obstat
Are you familiar with the Spanish baroque style crucifix?

Yes. A fine middle to late 1700's specimen was sold in London about five years ago. Saw it on the net. Only the bronze corpus has survived. Could have purchased it.
21 posted on 03/21/2006 1:52:45 AM PST by Iris7 (Dare to be pigheaded! Stubborn! "Tolerance" is not a virtue!)
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To: Iris7

bttt


22 posted on 03/23/2006 3:32:30 PM PST by Cottonbay
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