A shroud of mystery

The Shroud, a 4.36m by 1.10m linen cloth bearing the life-size imprint of a man, has a herring-bone pattern. It has traditionally been regarded as the burial cloth mentioned in the Gospels. Joseph of Arimathea bought a length of fabric with which to cover Christ’s body. The linen was wrapped around Jesus at his burial, only to be found, neatly folded in the tomb, after the Resurrection. This cloth would therefore bear witness not only to the physical presence of Jesus’ body, of His blood and the wounds provoked by His scourging and crucifixion, but also of His Resurrection. As such, it is an object of inestimable spiritual and scientific value.

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Submitted by Bob Stanley

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