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September 21, 2007

Shroud of Turin

September 21, 2007

Shroud of Turin

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Is this the face of Jesus Christ?

I was hoping that the exhibit would have a profound effect on us. Unfortunately, it did not and I'll tell you why.

The exhibit proves that the cloth is authentic and a documentation of a man who was scourged, speared, crowned with thorns, and crucified during the time of Jesus Christ, as depicted in the bible. But there is no conclusive evidence that suggest how the full front and back image could occur on the Shroud without any distortion and by only residing in the outermost surface of the weave. This is the core of the mystery, how could this even be possible to have a silent account of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as depicted in the Shroud of the Turin. It was amazing to see how the cloth survived through centuries and how it nearly escape destruction with some burn marks to prove it.

So when reason ends, faith begins. The Risen Christ theory suggest that the image was formed by the radiation created during the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I believe that the shroud is a miracle art where it depicts the brutal crucifixion but also the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. How can a piece of cloth be this powerful?

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There are only two ways to look at the Shroud of Turin exhibit. The first one is that it is a P250 light and sound show of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and a documentary on all the evidences/ conclusions based on the countless studies on this cloth. The other way is to approach it with reverence like praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary and reflecting on Jesus' brutally murdered body to save us from our sins.

There are three parts in the exhibit. The first part is a meditation on the crucifixion of Jesus Christ by having life size dioramas of the Sorrowful mysteries. It is followed by a documentary on the Shroud of Turin and brings you up to date on all the studies on this mystery cloth. The last part is a personal journey on what the Shroud really means for you.

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"In 2005, using the very latest digital photographic reproduction techniques, the Shroud has been recreated-- in life-size form on backlit and full-size transparencies, on full life-size digital prints and in both positive and negative formats, along with many close-ups of the individual detail of the man on the Shroud—and all these were exhibited in New Zealand for the first time."

(The Shroud Exhibit in the Philippines)

"The Shroud of Turin is a centuries old linen cloth that bears the image of a crucified man. A man that millions believe to be Jesus of Nazareth. Is it really the cloth that wrapped his crucified body, or is it simply a medieval forgery, a hoax perpetrated by some clever artist? Modern science has completed hundreds of thousands of hours of detailed study and intense research on the Shroud. It is, in fact, the single most studied artifact in human history, and we know more about it today than we ever have before. And yet, the controversy still rages. This web site will keep you abreast of current research, provide you with accurate data from the previous research and let you interact with the researchers themselves. We believe that if you have access to the facts, you can make up your own mind about the Shroud. Make sure you visit the page where you can Examine the Shroud of Turin for yourself. We hope you enjoy your visit."

(The Shroud of Turin by Barrie Schwortz)

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What is amazing for me is that this is a full body 3d silent account of the brutal death of Jesus Christ. As you get closer to the life size replica image of the Shroud of Turin, you'll just notice the obvious burn marks. As you step back and look at it from a distance you can clearly see the face of Jesus Christ and the suffering he endured for our sins.

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A miraculous Santo Entiero from Cebu is also on display after the exhibit. You'll appreciate this image even more after reflecting on what the shroud of Turin really means for you.

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In the adoration chapel, you'll see the portrait of the dead face of Jesus Christ. There is no doubt in mind that it is indeed, Jesus Christ.

My only regret was that I approached the exhibit with the intent of blogging about it and the Devil capitalized on my curiosity. You will be tempted NOT to go to this exhibit either because of its P250 entrance fee or you'll conclude that this is just one of Henry Sy's gimmick to bring in traffic to the SM malls.

Approach it like going to a pilgrimage to the official exposition of the Shroud in Turin in 2025. The image is the same and we know for sure that the cloth is authentic. Let it touch your heart.

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The Shroud of Turin Exhibit in SM Mall of Asia

Locked away in a cathedral in Italy, the Shroud of Turin is a mysterious artifact displayed only three or four times a century, drawing pilgrims from all over the world to witness its exposition. Although the next official exposition of the Shroud is slated in 2025, Filipinos do not have to wait for a couple more decades nor travel thousands of miles to see it.

For the first time in the Philippines, and the first time in Asia, Shroud Exhibits International, Inc. presents the Philippine Exhibition of The Mystery of the Shroud of Turin.

After enlightening New Zealand, the exhibit’s journey continues in the Philippines – the only predominantly Christian nation in Southeast Asia—as the country plays host to this very special exhibit that allows visitors to journey with the Shroud’s history, discover the facts and myths behind the Shroud, and unravel the mystery behind this treasured piece.

After a successful first leg at SM City Pampanga, the Mystery of the Shroud of Turin runs at SM Mall of Asia from Sept. 8 to Dec. 9; SM Davao from Jan. 18 to Feb. 3, 2008; and SM City Cebu from April 4-27, 2008.

P250 entrance fee. It is located opposite of the IMAX theatre beside the Fish & Company restaurant in the first floor.

For more details, contact Shroud Exhibits International, Inc. at 895-2966 or 610-0870, or email info@shroudexhibit.ph.

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