appearace of Holy Face
Sister Blandina Paschalis Schlömer
man of science
On October 23rd ult. was opened, in a hall adjoining the Sanctuary
of the Holy Face, a permanent exibition entitled:
Our Lord’s Face.
The Holy Shroud of
Turin and the Veil
THE SAME FACE"
are 27 panels describing the scientific experience of Sister
Blandina Paschalis Schlömer, German trappist nun, expert in this
field, who through superimposition demonstrates that the Holy
Shroud of Turin and the Veil of Manoppello fit together perfectly.
The title originates from the fight of Jacob against a mysterious
personage. The narration of Genesis
finishes: “Jacob called the name of the place PENUEL, saying:
For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved".
The explanation accompanying the panels, besides to present a
scientific course, wants to delineate also a spiritual route
Sister Blandina suggests to the visitor.
(Psalm 45:2)”, his handsomeness is quite
different from what we superficially imagine and the image showing
this beauty is, in Sister Blandina’s opinion, the Face imprinted
in the Veil of Manoppello. From panel X to XIII are presented the
various details she used, with a minute work of comparison, to
reach the perfect overlap.
first 9 panels present the images she used to arrive to the
superimposition, but she also points out that in the various
attempts done to obtain a living image from the face the Holy
Shroud presents in death, shows up a very human handsomeness, as a
“star”; but as Jesus Christ is “the fairest of the sons of
Panels XIV – XXII represent several shots of the
superimposed image full size to observe that the more is shown the
Shroud, the more the Face appears painful in the Passion and Death;
on the contrary, the more is shown the Holy Face, the more appears
evidently the Face of Living Christ.
The last panels are overlaps of enlarged photographs and negative
films showing the Image of Christ, syntheses of the two Relics .
This is Sister Blandina’s
conclusive meditation: the
Christ Crucified and the Face of Christ Risen are the same
thing! The images of Turin and Manoppello are the same thing!
Jesus of Nazareth appears in the Holy Shroud tortured and
crucified, while in the Veil of Manoppello is He who won death and
his look is questioning but also loving.
In the light of this Face
every single word of Gospel obtains a new meaning. If we will stop
a little observing silence inwardly and outwardly, we too, maybe, as
Jacob, will name this place “PENUEL” our Lord's Face and, as
heart sees farther than the head, we can trust:
IT IS THE FACE OF