Major Exhibition on the Shroud of Turin

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As people throughout the Archdiocese prepare for Easter a major exhibition on the Shroud of Turin is taking place at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King.

The Shroud is a centuries old linen cloth that bears the image of a crucified man many believe it to be the cloth that wrapped the crucified body of Jesus. It is kept in Turin’s Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist and from time to time is exhibited to the public.

The exhibition at the Cathedral has toured in the United Kingdom and Portugal visiting St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham and Coventry Cathedral in 2009 and St Chad’s Church, Shrewsbury, Westminster Cathedral and Lisbon, Portugal last year.  It was created in 2008 by Pam Moon and features life-sized photographic replicas of the Shroud used as a visual aid to tell the story of the crucifixion of Jesus.  The exhibition takes the journey of Jesus from his trial through the events of Good Friday to the empty tomb using passages from the four Gospels and aiming to demonstrate the reality of the flogging, the whip, the piercings and the nails and spear.

Pam says: ‘The purpose of this exhibition is to use the shroud as a visual aid to tell the story of the Passion and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.’

For the past six years she has been giving talks about the Shroud.  She explained: ‘I have been fascinated by the Turin Shroud since I was a teenager and when I received a gift of money for my 50th birthday from my mother, I decided to use it to buy a full-length replica printed on cotton and two photographic negatives to add interest to my talks.’

‘The replica image was created by an American photographer, Barrie Schwortz, who was the official photographer at the Shroud of Turin Research Project’s examination of the shroud in 1978.  The full-length replica is currently one of only six in the world.

‘I was deeply moved when I first saw the full-length images. It is possible to get an idea of the shroud from television pictures, books, magazines and newspapers articles, but seeing it in its entirety is profoundly challenging.  I am thrilled that this exhibition is being shown in Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King.’

Visitors to the Cathedral cannot miss the exhibition as pictures from the exhibition guide them round to the main displays.  As the days of Lent continue reflections on the Shroud of Turin offer an ideal preparation for Holy Week and Easter.  The exhibition will remain at the Cathedral for another week until Sunday 10 April, admission is free and it may be viewed whenever the Cathedral is open except during services.