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The Burial of Jesus by Giovanni Battista della Rovere; (1561-1627); http://commons.wikimedia.org
 

The Mysteries of the Shroud of Turin and Modern Science
Homily by Father Charles Jeremiah Higgins, Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish, Newton, Massachusetts, April 26, 2015, Good Shepherd Sunday

"Shout joyfully to God, all the earth, alleluia; sing a psalm to His name, alleluia; praise Him with magnificence, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia." - Psalm 66 (65)

These days of the Easter season are indeed joyful days. We continue to celebrate the miracle of our Lord Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, punctuated by the joyous Hebrew word "Alleluia" which may be translated as "Praise God" or "Glory to Him who lives."

On Easter Sunday, we hear the angels in the empty tomb heralding the message to Mary Magdalene and the other women: "Do not fear; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, He is not here; see the place where they laid Him."(Saint Mark 16:6). We see Peter and John inside the tomb, looking in astonishment at the burial cloths taken off and laid aside, and we learn the inner thoughts of Saint John at that moment (as he describes himself in the third person): "and he saw and believed." (Saint John 20:9).

On the Sunday after Easter, we see the risen Jesus in the Upper Room with His faithful Apostles, and the doubt of Thomas completely erased by the evidence of his own senses; Jesus is alive in His Body and really there. And we hear the Lord’s own blessing for those who will come to faith without having seen the physical evidence of the living Lord Jesus in His glorified Body: "Have you believed, [Thomas], because you have seen Me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe." (Saint John 20:29). We are included in that blessing of Christ, because we have not seen, and yet we have the merit of our faith.

Beginning today [April 26, 2015], in Turin, Italy, a public exposition of the Holy Shroud of Turin opens which will run until June 24th. Pope Francis is scheduled to go there on the 21st of June. This linen Shroud with the image of a crucified man on it, back and front, continues to confound and amaze scientific experts who cannot explain its origins and who yet discover more and more details which support the pious belief of Christians that this is the Burial Shroud of Jesus of Nazareth - the one and the same provided by Joseph of Arimathea for Christ’s entombment on Good Friday, the same cloth beheld by Peter and John inside the tomb on Easter Sunday morning. Was it the sight of this image on the Shroud which gave Saint John such certainty there in the tomb, "and he saw and believed"? We may wonder.

Of the belief in the Shroud’s authenticity we may cite the public record of the modern Popes. Pope John XXIII, for example, said of the Shroud: "It is the Lord’s doing." Pope Paul VI called the Shroud: "The most important relic in the history of Christianity." In 1989, in the wake of the controversial 1988 Radiocarbon Dating Testing, which some took as proof-positive that the Shroud could not be real, Pope John Paul II, on a Papal visit to Africa, referred to the Shroud in no uncertain terms as an authentic relic. In 2000, at the opening of the exposition of the Shroud for the Jubilee Year, Pope John Paul said: "It is difficult to remain indifferent before the Holy Shroud. Indeed the Face speaks to the intelligence and heart. It speaks to the believer, the seeker, and the non-believer."

The scientific study of the Holy Shroud is a recent thing. In 1898, the Italian Royal House of Savoia, who possessed the Shroud as part of their patrimony for many centuries, contracted the photographer Secondo Pia to make use of this new and modern technology to take pictures of the Shroud. What the photographer discovered as he developed the pictures in his dark room was that the Shroud itself was - quite inexplicably - an exact negative image of the face and body of a crucified man exactly in accordane with how the Gospel Books depict the Passion of Christ.

Among the facts discovered by scientific study over the course of the 20th century: biologists found the image on the Shroud to be anatomically flawless, as is the flow of the blood staining it; the cottons in the linen of the species Gossypium hergaceum is indigenous only to the Middle East, there are halophyte pollens on the cloth identified from the Dead Sea in the Holy Land. In its Final Report in 1981, the scientists working on the Shroud of Turin Research Project (known by its acronym STURP) summarized their findings in these words: We can conclude for now that the Shroud image is that of a real human form of a scourged, crucified man. It is not the product of an artist. The blood stains are composed of hemoglobin and also give a positive test for serum albumin. The image is an ongoing mystery and until further chemical studies are made, perhaps by this group of scientists, or perhaps by scientists in the future, the problem remains unsolved.

We do not believe in the Resurrection of Christ because of the discovered secrets of the Shroud of Turin: we believe in the Resurrection of Christ because we have the grace of faith. Even so, would we not be as ungrateful as Saint Thomas once was if we were to ignore the scientific findings which give tangible historical evidence of the Passion and Resurrection of Christ, findings that have come to light providentially in the very midst of a most unbelieving and materialist age? Should this information not rather stir our hearts to draw very close to the human Face and the human Heart of Jesus Christ. It is the kind of response expressed by the words of the French poet Paul Claudel, upon seeing the Shroud during one of its public expositions in the 20th century: "Something so frightening, and yet so beautiful lies in it, that man can only escape it by worship."

(Sources: STURP report, 1981 (www.shroud.com); William Baer: The Shroud of Turin ..."The Most Important Relic in the History of Christianity", The WANDERER, December 14, 2000, pg 12)


 
Beginning today [April 26, 2015], in Turin, Italy, a public exposition of the Holy Shroud of Turin opens which will run until June 24th. Pope Francis is scheduled to go there on the 21st of June. This linen Shroud with the image of a crucified man on it, back and front, continues to confound and amaze scientific experts who cannot explain its origins and who yet discover more and more details which support the pious belief of Christians that this is the Burial Shroud of Jesus of Nazareth - the one and the same provided by Joseph of Arimathea for Christ’s entombment on Good Friday, the same cloth beheld by Peter and John inside the tomb on Easter Sunday morning. Was it the sight of this image on the Shroud which gave Saint John such certainty there in the tomb, "and he saw and believed"? We may wonder.

Of the belief in the Shroud’s authenticity we may cite the public record of the modern Popes. Pope John XXIII, for example, said of the Shroud: "It is the Lord’s doing." Pope Paul VI called the Shroud: "The most important relic in the history of Christianity." In 1989, in the wake of the controversial 1988 Radiocarbon Dating Testing, which some took as proof-positive that the Shroud could not be real, Pope John Paul II, on a Papal visit to Africa, referred to the Shroud in no uncertain terms as an authentic relic. In 2000, at the opening of the exposition of the Shroud for the Jubilee Year, Pope John Paul said: "It is difficult to remain indifferent before the Holy
 
 


Full-length photograph of the Shroud of Turin; http://commons.wikimedia.org
Shroud. Indeed the Face speaks to the intelligence and heart. It speaks to the believer, the seeker, and the non-believer."

The scientific study of the Holy Shroud is a recent thing. In 1898, the Italian Royal House of Savoia, who possessed the Shroud as part of their patrimony for many centuries, contracted the photographer Secondo Pia to make use of this new and modern technology to take pictures of the Shroud. What the photographer discovered as he developed the pictures in his dark room was that the Shroud itself was - quite inexplicably - an exact negative image of the face and body of a crucified man exactly in accordane with how the Gospel Books depict the Passion of Christ.

Among the facts discovered by scientific study over the course of the 20th century: biologists found the image on the Shroud to be anatomically flawless, as is the flow of the blood staining it; the cottons in the linen of the species Gossypium hergaceum is indigenous only to the Middle East, there are halophyte pollens on the cloth identified from the Dead Sea in the Holy Land. In its Final Report in 1981, the scientists working on the Shroud of Turin Research Project (known by its acronym STURP) summarized their findings in these words: We can conclude for now that the Shroud image is that of a real human form of a scourged, crucified man. It is not the product of an artist. The blood stains are composed of hemoglobin and also give a positive test for serum albumin. The image is an ongoing mystery and until further chemical studies are made, perhaps by this group of scientists, or perhaps by scientists in the future, the problem remains unsolved.

We do not believe in the Resurrection of Christ because of the discovered secrets of the Shroud of Turin: we believe in the Resurrection of Christ because we have the grace of faith. Even so, would we not be as ungrateful as Saint Thomas once was if we were to ignore the scientific findings which give tangible historical evidence of the Passion and Resurrection of Christ, findings that have come to light providentially in the very midst of a most unbelieving and materialist age? Should this information not rather stir our hearts to draw very close to the human Face and the human Heart of Jesus Christ. It is the kind of response expressed by the words of the French poet Paul Claudel, upon seeing the Shroud during one of its public expositions in the 20th century: "Something so frightening, and yet so beautiful lies in it, that man can only escape it by worship."

(Sources: STURP report, 1981 (www.shroud.com); William Baer: The Shroud of Turin ..."The Most Important Relic in the History of Christianity", The WANDERER, December 14, 2000, pg 12)

 
 


The Burial of Jesus by Giovanni Battista della Rovere; (1561-1627); http://commons.wikimedia.org
 

The Mysteries of the Shroud of Turin and Modern Science
Homily by Father Charles Jeremiah Higgins, Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish, Newton, Massachusetts, April 26, 2015, Good Shepherd Sunday

"Shout joyfully to God, all the earth, alleluia; sing a psalm to His name, alleluia; praise Him with magnificence, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia." - Psalm 66 (65)

These days of the Easter season are indeed joyful days. We continue to celebrate the miracle of our Lord Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, punctuated by the joyous Hebrew word "Alleluia" which may be translated as "Praise God" or "Glory to Him who lives."

On Easter Sunday, we hear the angels in the empty tomb heralding the message to Mary Magdalene and the other women: "Do not fear; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, He is not here; see the place where they laid Him."(Saint Mark 16:6). We see Peter and John inside the tomb, looking in astonishment at the burial cloths taken off and laid aside, and we learn the inner thoughts of Saint John at that moment (as he describes himself in the third person): "and he saw and believed." (Saint John 20:9).

On the Sunday after Easter, we see the risen Jesus in the Upper Room with His faithful Apostles, and the doubt of Thomas completely erased by the evidence of his own senses; Jesus is alive in His Body and really there. And we hear the Lord’s own blessing for those who will come to faith without having seen the physical evidence of the living Lord Jesus in His glorified Body: "Have you believed, [Thomas], because you have seen Me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe." (Saint John 20:29). We are included in that blessing of Christ, because we have not seen, and yet we have the merit of our faith.


 


Full-length photograph of the Shroud of Turin; http://commons.wikimedia.org
 
Beginning today [April 26, 2015], in Turin, Italy, a public exposition of the Holy Shroud of Turin opens which will run until June 24th. Pope Francis is scheduled to go there on the 21st of June. This linen Shroud with the image of a crucified man on it, back and front, continues to confound and amaze scientific experts who cannot explain its origins and who yet discover more and more details which support the pious belief of Christians that this is the Burial Shroud of Jesus of Nazareth - the one and the same provided by Joseph of Arimathea for Christ’s entombment on Good Friday, the same cloth beheld by Peter and John inside the tomb on Easter Sunday morning. Was it the sight of this image on the Shroud which gave Saint John such certainty there in the tomb, "and he saw and believed"? We may wonder.

Of the belief in the Shroud’s authenticity we may cite the public record of the modern Popes. Pope John XXIII, for example, said of the Shroud: "It is the Lord’s doing." Pope Paul VI called the Shroud: "The most important relic in the history of Christianity." In 1989, in the wake of the controversial 1988 Radiocarbon Dating Testing, which some took as proof-positive that the Shroud could not be real, Pope John Paul II, on a Papal visit to Africa, referred to the Shroud in no uncertain terms as an authentic relic. In 2000, at the opening of the exposition of the Shroud for the Jubilee Year, Pope John Paul said: "It is difficult to remain indifferent before the Holy Shroud. Indeed the Face speaks to the intelligence and heart. It speaks to the believer, the seeker, and the non-believer."

The scientific study of the Holy Shroud is a recent thing. In 1898, the Italian Royal House of Savoia, who possessed the Shroud as part of their patrimony for many centuries, contracted the photographer Secondo Pia to make use of this new and modern technology to take pictures of the Shroud. What the photographer discovered as he developed the pictures in his dark room was that the Shroud itself was - quite inexplicably - an exact negative image of the face and body of a crucified man exactly in accordane with how the Gospel Books depict the Passion of Christ.

Among the facts discovered by scientific study over the course of the 20th century: biologists found the image on the Shroud to be anatomically flawless, as is the flow of the blood staining it; the cottons in the linen of the species Gossypium hergaceum is indigenous only to the Middle East, there are halophyte pollens on the cloth identified from the Dead Sea in the Holy Land. In its Final Report in 1981, the scientists working on the Shroud of Turin Research Project (known by its acronym STURP) summarized their findings in these words: We can conclude for now that the Shroud image is that of a real human form of a scourged, crucified man. It is not the product of an artist. The blood stains are composed of hemoglobin and also give a positive test for serum albumin. The image is an ongoing mystery and until further chemical studies are made, perhaps by this group of scientists, or perhaps by scientists in the future, the problem remains unsolved.

We do not believe in the Resurrection of Christ because of the discovered secrets of the Shroud of Turin: we believe in the Resurrection of Christ because we have the grace of faith. Even so, would we not be as ungrateful as Saint Thomas once was if we were to ignore the scientific findings which give tangible historical evidence of the Passion and Resurrection of Christ, findings that have come to light providentially in the very midst of a most unbelieving and materialist age? Should this information not rather stir our hearts to draw very close to the human Face and the human Heart of Jesus Christ. It is the kind of response expressed by the words of the French poet Paul Claudel, upon seeing the Shroud during one of its public expositions in the 20th century: "Something so frightening, and yet so beautiful lies in it, that man can only escape it by worship."

(Sources: STURP report, 1981 (www.shroud.com); William Baer: The Shroud of Turin ..."The Most Important Relic in the History of Christianity", The WANDERER, December 14, 2000, pg 12)


 
"The Shroud helps us to understand the mystery of God's love for us and invites us to pattern our lives on Jesus who sacrificed Himself for us."
"The Shroud helps us to understand the mystery of God's love for us and invites us to pattern our lives on Jesus who sacrificed Himself for us."
"The Shroud helps us to understand the mystery of God's love for us and invites us to pattern our lives on Jesus who sacrificed Himself for us."
 
Pope John Paul II address during Pastoral Visit to Turin 1998
 
 
 
The Holy Shroud of Turin - Speaks of God's Love for us
 
 

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OUR FATHER

Our Father, Who Art In Heaven
Hallowed Be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy Will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
Liberate us from all temptation[*]
And deliver us from all evil. Amen



[*] Liberate us is in keeping with the original Latin text.
       God usually does not "lead us" to temptation
       (unless we are tested),
       but gives us the grace to overcome and/or resist it
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HAIL MARY

Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art though among women,
And blessed is the fruit
Of thy womb, Jesus.
 
Holy Mary, Mary of God
Pray for us sinners
Now, and in the hour
Of our death. Amen


 
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APOSTLE'S CREED

I believe in God, the Father Almighty Creator of Heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the
[work and grace of the] Holy Ghost,[*]
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into the Dead.[**]
On the third day, He rose again;
He ascended into Heaven,
And sits at the right hand of God,
the Father Almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge
the living and the dead.
 
I believe in the Holy Ghost,[*]
The Holy Catholic Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins.
The resurrection of the body,
And life everlasting. Amen


[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
[**] the Dead: "inferi", the underworld or the dead in Latin.
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GLORIA

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all her iniquities.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice
of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.

V. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. From the gate of hell.
R. Deliver their souls, O Lord.
V. May then rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with Thy Spirit.

(50 days indulgence to all who pray the De Profundis with V. and R.
"Requiem aeternam" (Eternal Rest) three times a day.
Pope Leo XIII, February 3, 1888)


Let us pray:
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all
the faithful, we beseech Thee to grant
to the souls of Thy servants the remission
of their sins, so that by our prayers
they may obtain pardon for which they long.
O Lord, who lives and reigns,
world without end. Amen

May they rest in peace. Amen

CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
PADRE NUESTRO

Padre Nuestro,
que estas en los Cielos
Santificado sea Tu Nombre;
Venga a nosotros tu Reino;
Hágase Tu Voluntad
en la tierra como en el cielo.
Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día;
Perdona nuestras ofensas,
Como también nosotros
perdonamos a los que nos ofenden,
No nos dejes caer en la tentación,
y líbranos del mal. Amén
 
CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
AVE MARÍA

Dios te salve, María,
llena eres de gracia;
El Señor es Contigo;
Bendita Tú eres
entre todas las mujeres,
Y bendito es el fruto
De tu vientre, Jesús.
 
Santa María,
Madre de Dios,
Ruega por nosotros
pecadores,
Ahora y en la hora
De nuestra muerte.
Amén
 
CERRAR
CREDO

Creo en Dios, Padre Todopoderoso,
Creador del cielo y de la tierra.
Creo en Jesucristo,
Su único Hijo, Nuestro Señor,
Que fue concebido por obra
y gracia del Espíritu Santo,
Nació de la Santa María Virgen;
Padeció bajo el poder de Poncio Pilato,
Fue crucificado, muerto y sepultado,
Descendió a los infiernos,
Al tercer día resucitó de entre los muertos,
Subió a los cielos
Y está sentado a la derecha de Dios,
Padre Todopoderoso.
Desde allí ha de venir a juzgar
a los vivos y a los muertos.

Creo en el Espíritu Santo,
La Santa Iglesia Católica,
La comunión de los santos,
El perdón de los pecados,
La resurrección de la carne
Y la vida eterna. Amén
 
 
CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor; Señor,
escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos
a la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?
Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia.
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

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GLORIA

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor;
Señor, escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos a
la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?

Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia,
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

V. Dadles, Señor, a todas las almas
el descanso eterno.
R. Y haced lucir sobre ellas
vuestra eterna luz.
V. Que en paz descansen.
R. Amén.