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Evening Lecture: The Veil of Veronica: From Concealment to Revelation

Mary Catharine Carroll

Date: November 28, 2018, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

A recording of this presentation is now available here.

The cult of the saints, which reached its apex in the 15th century, was an integral component of medieval Christianity in the West. Images of the saints adorned private homes, were engraved on cups and bowls, painted in manuscripts, carved on public buildings, and found in paintings, statues, stained-glass windows and rood screens. As well, the tales of miracles and heroism found in the stories of saints’ lives were read by the literate members of the laity and clergy and were heard by those in church on a saint’s feast day. A popular story concerned St. Veronica, keeper of a miraculous cloth known as the Veil of Veronica. According to tradition, the cloth was miraculously imprinted with Christ’s image after he used it to wipe his face on the road to Calvary. The legend is recorded in the Sixth Station of the Cross – Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus. The presentation will survey literary versions of the Veronica legend, supplemented with representations of the image from the art world, and explore the miraculous image’s significance as a symbol of Incarnation.

In 2000, Mary Catharine Carroll began studying part-time at Saint Paul University. She enjoyed it so much, she never left. After retiring as a technical writer with the federal government in 2016, she enrolled full-time in the PhD program in Theology. Her general interest is in aesthetics, specifically the transmission of theology via art and literature.


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