|The face on the Turin Shroud.|
March 11, 2010. Sacramento, CA. A replica of the Turin
Shroud is now on display at Our Lady of Guadalupe
parish in Sacramento, which is run by the Legionaries of
Accompanying the shroud is an explanatory exhibit that explains
its mysteries using both history and science.
The image itself
is like a photographic negative of a man, measuring 5
feet 11 inches in height. His hands are crossed over
his lower torso, with his left hand grasping his right
wrist. The eyes are closed, and both the face and
body bear the marks of scourging and torture.
Although the shroud’s
origins are controversial because of differing carbon dating results, many
believe that it is the original burial cloth of Christ,
and that the image was imprinted in a flash of
light at the moment of the Resurrection.
This theory is supported
by the fact that the image appears to be burned
onto the cloth; there is no paint or dye, and
no way how to explain how medieval forgers could replicate
a photographic negative with technological means beyond their times.
|A full-body view of the Turin Shroud.|
Lino Otero, the pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe parish,
explained, "It contains no dye, no chemicals and it is
produced because the threads themselves are slightly burnt."
"For those who
believe, the shroud is probably the most beautiful relic,” he
said. "In the face of the man in the shroud,
we have the face of Christ himself . . .
and for those of us who believe, Christ is the
incarnation of God´s love for us."
The exhibit "Who is the
Man of the Shroud?" is open Monday through Friday from
3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free, but $2
donations are accepted to help maintain the exhibit.