Holy Handkerchief

Holy Handkerchief "It is said that one of the women who followed Jesus to the crucifixion lent him her handkerchief to wipe the sweat and blood from his face, and that the impress of his features remained upon it. Of course, St. Veronica (q.v.) very carefully preserved the cloth, and it is now at Rome. Jesus, according to tradition, sent another handkerchief to Agbarus (q.v.), king of Edessa, who had requested a portrait of him. Veronica is only a mythical personage, the name being a hybrid compound signifying 'true image.' Eadie, Ecclesiastes Dict. p. 303. SEE CHRIST, IMAGES OF.

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