Blank Image
St. Mary Magdalen's
Catholic Church
Willesden Green
London NW10
Just some images of our church
blank image
blank image
blank image blank image blank image blank image blank image blank image
Click here to go back

Tuesday, May 04, 2010
It is good to vote. The basic dynamic of democracy is good, flowing as it does from the recognition of the dignity of every human being. Aspects of this insight were in the classical tradition and developed by Enlightenment thinkers in the 18th century. The high point of the classical tradition and the firm foundation of the modern tradition has been the historical fact of God becoming Man. Please see the special yellow A5 leaflet “Relevant Information on local candidates”.

What adjectives would you use to describe the large face that is on display front right of our Church? It may well speak to you. It may be the fairly miraculously produced “death mask” of Our Lord. If so it may well speak of unspeakable sadness at the tragic reality of your sin and your suffering, as well as of healing hope for you and love of you.

It is a photographic negative of the face on the Shroud of Turin, which is a linen cloth bearing the image of a man who appears to have suffered physical trauma in a manner consistent with crucifixion. This is now on display in Turin Cathedral for the first time in decades.

The image on the shroud is much clearer in black-and-white negative than in its natural colour. The Catholic Church has neither formally endorsed nor rejected the shroud, though Popes have venerated it and commented on its mysterious beauty.

The Shroud of Turin is one of, if not the, most studied artifacts in human history. There is evidence that the shroud is the cloth placed on the body of Jesus Christ at the time of his burial, and that the face image is the Holy Face of Jesus. This concerns the origins of the material and details of the image which are accurate in the light of modern historical knowledge. In 1978 a detailed examination was carried out by a team of American scientists called STURP. It found no reliable evidences of forgery. STURP called the question of how the image was formed "a mystery".

In 1988 a radiocarbon dating test was performed on small samples of the shroud. It gave a strongly probable verdict that the cloth dated from the Middle Ages, between 1260 and 1390. However since then two peer reviewed papers in scientific journals have questioned the tests, for instance whether the material used was from medieval repair work after a fire which damaged the cloth.

posted by Sinead Reekie at 9:06 am