The Heavens Proclaim His Glory

The Heavens proclaim the glory of God over the Abruzzo mountains as the sun shines through the clouds — while the faithful celebrate the Tri-duum, three days of Eucharistic Adoration, for the Feast of the Transfiguration in Manoppello, Italy, at the Basilica Shrine of the Holy Face. Photo: Paul Badde/EWTN

“Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up a high mountain where they were alone. There, before their eyes, he was transfigured. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light. Then the disciples saw Moses and Elijah appear, and they were talking to Jesus.”

— Matthew 17:2

The faith of Peter, James, and John was confirmed by the sight of the wonderful vision of God’s glory shining from the Face of Jesus on Mount Tabor foreshadowing the kingdom of Heaven. So too, Our Lord continues to bless and strengthen in faith those who turn to gaze at the Face of Christ in celebration of the Transfiguration. Many faithful from around the world are drawn by God on this day to the Basilica Shrine of the Holy Face, “Il Volto Santo,” in Manoppello Italy. The holy, miraculous veil transforms from a sheer, white bysuss veil to a visible image of the Face of Jesus — a sign of the deep mystery of God’s desire for us to be transformed into the likeness of His Son, to rise with Him, and to share in His glory.

“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

— 2 Corinthians 3:18

Many thanks to Paul Badde who has graciously shared the following photos which so wonderfully capture the visual changes which occur on the Veil according to light and the position of the viewer.

Veil of the Holy Face of Manoppello (Photo: Paul Badde/EWTN)
Veil of the Holy Face of Manoppello (Photo: Paul Badde/EWTN)
“Il Volto Santo” (Photo: Paul Badde/EWTN)
Veil of the Holy Face of Manoppello (Photo: Paul Badde/EWTN)
Celebration of the Tri-duum for the Feast of the Transfiguration in Manoppello, Italy (Photo: Paul Badde/EWTN)

Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”

When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate and were very much afraid. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and do not be afraid.” And when the disciples raised their eyes, they saw no one else but Jesus alone.

Matthew 17: 4-8
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him… they saw no one else but Jesus alone.” Photo: Paul Badde/EWTN
Looking through the sheer veil to give a benediction with the relic. (Photo: Paul Badde/EWTN)

Benediction (Video: Paul Badde/EWTN)
One last view from the Feast of the Transfiguration of the transparent Veil of the Holy Face of Manoppello within the frame in front of the Padre’s face. (Photo: Paul Badde/EWTN)

The Facebook page for Servant of God Padre Domenico Da Cese, (the former Rector of the the Shrine of the Holy Face), has more photos and a vey good video as well: https://www.facebook.com/groups/385084449964535/posts/541660330973612/?_rdr