Holy Saturday: Prayer with the Shroud of Turin

8 April 2020
Detail of a copy of the Holy Shroud of Turin, Italy. Image: Paolo Gallo/Shutterstock.


Turin’s Cathedral will be making the image of its Holy Shroud available through television and social media channels on Holy Saturday.

On Saturday 11 April, there will be an extraordinary veneration of the Shroud in Turin Cathedral, which will be broadcast live on Italian television and through social media platforms.

From 5pm on Holy Saturday, Archbishop Nosiglia of Turin will preside over a long liturgy of prayer in the chapel, and “during that time of contemplation” the image of the Holy Shroud will be made available to the whole world.

The Archbishop explained that this is being done to support the faithful in this time of the coronavirus pandemic and to ask Christ for “the grace to overcome evil as He did on the Cross.”

“Stronger is the love. This is the Easter proclamation that the Shroud brings us to relive and that fills our hearts with gratitude and faith,” said Archbishop Nosiglia.

“The love with which Jesus gave us his life and that we celebrate during Holy Week is stronger than every suffering, every illness, every contagion, every trial and discouragement. Nothing and no one can ever separate us from this love, because it is forever faithful and unites us to him with an indissoluble bond.”

The media broadcasting the liturgy will also host a moment of dialogue and reflection at the end of the prayer, with the intervention of experts and witnesses.

With thanks to Vatican News, where this article originally appeared.


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