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The way of grief - third posting


I continue along the Via Dolorosa - the way of grief, which is the route that Jesus had to carry his cross.


Station 5: Luke 23: 26: "And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus". The inscription is above the door of a small chapel. This small chapel was established in 1229 - the Franciscan's first site in Jerusalem. For those not quite versed in the biblical English - Simon had to pick up and carry the tail of the cross, walking behind Jesus.


Station 6: This is the station where Veronica wiped the grit and spit from the face of Jesus. This action supposedly left the imprint of His face on the cloth. There is a number of these cloths doing the round in the certain church circles. This is one of those legends that grew through the ages. First of all, there was no "Veronica" mentioned in the Bible or in the apocryphal writings.

According to the Catholic Encyclopaedia: To distinguish at Rome the oldest and best known of the mentioned cloth images it was called the vera icon (true image), which in the common tongue soon became "Veronica." It is thus designated in several medieval texts mentioned by the Bollandists (e.g. an old Missal of Augsburg has a Mass "De S. Veronica seu Vultus Domini" - "Saint Veronica, or the Face of the Lord"), and Matthew of Westminster speaks of the imprint of the image of the Savior which is called Veronica: "Effigies Domenici vultus quae Veronica nuncupatur" - "effigy of the face of the Lord which is called a Veronica". By degrees, popular imagination mistook this word for the name of a person and attached thereto several legends which vary according to the country.


On the left you can see two doors, marking grotto-like chapels.

comments (12)

  • Martine
  • France
  • 15 Jun 2016, 01:29
Que j'aime ces jolies petites rues pavées. Ici, il n'y en a plus malheureusement.
Louis: Je vous remercie, Martine. Jérusalem est plein de petites pierres de galets.
  • Ray
  • United States
  • 15 Jun 2016, 04:21
It is a fine, characterful lane, Louis...and, photo-worthy even if it did not have the religious significance that you are explaining very well.
Louis: Thank you Ray. There is such a lot to assimilate in this city - the significance of certain places or features can just pass you by.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 15 Jun 2016, 04:55
Love the B&W here. Again so much to see here.
Louis: Thank you Astrid. There is a lot to be seen in Jerusalem.
That is a long way Louis...Very nicely captured!
Louis: Thank you Richard. You will have seen the route is going upwards. It means we have started up the hill to Golgotha.
A fine picture Louis. our text is,once again, telling me so much I did not know
Louis: Thank you Bill. A challenge to my memory, but fortunately there are modern aids.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 15 Jun 2016, 06:36
The making of a Saint, Louis!
Louis: Isn't that something, Lisl? A person that never existed is given status as a Saint.
The text is becoming more vital that the image Louis, so good is it to read and learn.
Louis: Yes, gutteridge, all is not what it seems.
Very much like the line of people talking into the tin cans and coming up with a different story altogether at the end, Louis! But at least there is some sense to this one?
Louis: There is no sense anywhere. A woman that never existed, was erroneously given the name Veronica and then declared to be a Saint. The mind boggles. There are two churches, where people spend their lives serving this "Saint". As I have indicated before, Ginnie, there are facts and fables presented to tourists.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 15 Jun 2016, 07:14
Fascinating - I wonder how many tourists these places host every year Louis
Louis: Many, Chris, many.
Many surnames came about with this same method. People during census taking wrote names how they sounded, Anglicizing many French names in my area of genealogical concern.
Louis: Hah, you should see what happened in South Africa. Many a time due to illiteracy. For instance, my father's birth was registered by an English speaking person, because my grandfather couldn't read or write. The result is full of 'sound-like' mistakes. Thanks for sharing that, Mary.
Whatever the truth in the stories or otherwise those steps have seen many thousands of feet on them, just look at how they are worn.
Louis: I have never been in a place so steeped in history. This part of the city is more than 2,000 years old. Parts of the city existed when Abraham entered the land.
I like the juxtaposition of the horizontal and vertical shots...
Louis: Thank you Larry

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