Shroud, Feast of the Most Holy
Shroud, Feast Of The Most Holy, a sacred festival of the Roman Catholic Church, held on the Friday after the second Sunday in Lent, in honor of the shroud in which our Lord was buried. Relics bearing the name of the shroud of our Blessed Lord are found in various places in Italy, France, and Germany, all of which are alleged to work miracles. To the altar of the Most Holy Shroud at Besancon, Gregory XIII granted extraordinary privileges, with indulgences to all who visit the same on stated days. Pope Julius II was equally liberal ill his grants to the Chapel of the Most Holy Shroud at Turin. There is a hymn to the shroud in the Anglican Breviary, which celebrates it as bearing the impression of the body of our Savior.