Wasn’t May 4 the Feast of the Holy Shroud?

944 CE

From what I was reading on the Shroud Science Group on Yahoo, Pope Julius II in 1506 declared 4 May to be the Feast of the Holy Shroud. This has since disappeared from calendars. This brought to mind this interesting paragraph from a paper by Kim Dreisbach. “The Shroud of Turin: Its Ecumenical Implications.” The paper can be found on Barrie Schwortz’ site at https://www.shroud.com/dreisbc2.htm.

Returning to the ecumenical dimension of this sacred linen, it became very evident to me on the night of August 16, 1983, when local judicatory leaders offered their corporate blessing to the TURIN SHROUD EXHIBIT and participated in the Evening Office of the Holy Shroud. The Greek Archbishop, the Roman Catholic Archbishop, the Episcopal Bishop and the Presiding Bishop of the AME Church gathered before the world’s first full size, backlit transparency of the Shroud and joined clergy representing the Assemblies of God, Baptists, Lutherans, Methodists and Presbyterians in an amazing witness to ecumenical unity. At the conclusion of the service, His Grace Bishop John of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Atlanta, turned to me and said: “Thank you very much for picking our day.” I didn’t fully understand the significance of his remark until he explained to me that August 16th is the Feast of the Holy Mandylion commemorating the occasion in 944 A.D. when the Shroud was first shown to the public in Byzantium following its arrival the previous day from Edessa in southeastern Turkey. What made things all the more amazing was that those who had scheduled the dedication had no idea of the significance of the date. It just happened to be the one night that all the various clergy had free on their busy calendars. Was it merely coincidence, or was it yet another sign of God’s larger purpose for his Son’s burial cloth?

4 thoughts on “Wasn’t May 4 the Feast of the Holy Shroud?”

  1. Perhaps it was no coincidence,
    The Shroud kept in Turin does not belong to the Roman Catholic Church it is rather the most important christian relic that God granted mankind.
    It’s sad that May 4 th is no longer celebrated in Roman Catholic’s feast calendar as the feast of the Holy Shroud but I’m not surprised because in general catholic priests don’t care about the Shroud and don’t manifest the will to learn about it (thank God there are a few exceptions)

  2. One of those exceptions is Fr. Peter Mangum, Rector of the Cathedral of Shreveport Louisiana. On May 4th he opened a major exhibition of my collection of Shroud related art and artifacts. It will remain open until the end of July. In its first day Protestant and Orthodox group have visited the New Museum. Contact him and you will meed a Priest engaged in promoting The Holy Shroud.

    Richard Orareo

  3. C’mon. Wake up site! Where are the new comments, dare I say new postings?

    I may no longer be proactive, posting-wise, but still look in here regularly (but now’t to see these last few days!)

    Btw: I’ve started to expand and tart up my own site, with new margin additions that focus on the core essentials (aided I might say by some 7 years of hands-on and book/internet research).

    Look in, enjoy, growl, spit blood, whatever


  4. PS: Oh dear: nothing here since my comment some week ago, and nothing from Dan either for the best part of two whole weeks.

    Just to say that I’m done with sindonology (at least the mainstream version that will hear of nothing that challenges 1st century authenticity – and its imaginative pseudoscientific mumbo jumbo with body-emitted resurrectional radiation etc ).

    I’ve greatly expanded the margin comment on my own site, summarising my opposition to STURP and its conclusions set out in the 1981 Summary, and, furthermore, re-stating my belief, flagged up some 4 years ago, namely that the body image is a 14th century contact-only imprint (no imaging across air gaps!).

    The latter was, I consider, obtained by white, wheaten flour-imprinting onto wet linen and subsequent heat exposure, so as to reconstruct what Joseph of Arimathea’s linen (deployed merely for transport of crucified Jesus from cross to tomb – not intended as a burial shroud ) might have looked like after 13 centuries of so of initial drying and ageing of bodily perspiration (plus carefully added bloodstains).

    (Think of it if you will as a whole body version of the Veil of Veronica. No, not a painting, not a resurrectional proto-photograph – simply a simulated contact body imprint – a work of sheer originality, inventiveness and genius – technically awe-inspiring in the simplicity of its production via , I believe, whole-body contact-imprinting).

    I shall intrude no further on Dan’s site – still active or otherwise – having said everything I wish to say. My site will have NO new postings, NO new margin comments, and, I regret to say, NO response to any further comments that may be posted.

    I have now drawn a line under my 7 years or so of Turin Linen research (Linen, note, NOT “Shroud”).


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