Sixth Station - A woman wipes the face of Jesus

We have seen him without beauty or majesty, with no looks to attract our eyes. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces, he was despised, and we esteemed him not. His appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of men. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was
bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed.

6. A woman wipes the face of Jesus—Donna Ryder, fabric
Oddly enough, the first I ever heard of “Veronica’s Veil” was while reading Anne Rice’s Memnoch the Devil, one of the “Vampire Chronicles.” In it, the vampire Lestat is transported throughout Christian history and at one point is actually at the roadside as Christ passes by carrying the cross. After Veronica wipes Christ’s face, His image is perfectly preserved on her veil.

Having always been fascinated by the Shroud of Turin and the possibility that Christ's image could have been preserved all these centuries, the Veil of Veronica piqued my interest as well, and I knew that this was the station I had to do.

There is little or no evidence that the event actually took place or that Veronica ever existed, and there is no mention of the event in any of the New Testament gospels. However, the Roman Catholic Church lists Veronica among its saints, and the 'Veil of Veronica' is listed among the many treasured relics of the Vatican, residing at St. Peter's Basilica, where once a year it is revealed to the public. The Veil is reputed to have miraculous curative powers.

The legend of Veronica became one of the most popular in Christian lore, and the veil one of the beloved relics in the Church. Nothing is known of Veronica, although the apocryphal Acts of Pilate identify her with the woman mentioned in the Gospel of Matthew who suffered from an issue of blood and was healed by her faith when she touched the hem of Christ’s robe. Her name is probably derived from the word “veraicon” which means “true image.”

Having been an avid seamstress for over 35 years, I chose fabric as my medium, using both quilting and appliqué techniques. I am honored and grateful to have been a part of this amazing project.

Sixth Station - A woman wipes the face of Jesus