What is the Sacred Shroud of Turin? It is the burial cloth in which the body of Jesus was wrapped when he was taken down from the cross and placed in the tomb. This is the cloth which was found lying in the tomb on that first Easter morning of the Resurrection.
In 544 AD, a cloth bearing an image of Jesus was discovered hidden above a gate in Edessa's city walls. Six years later, an icon was produced at St. Catherine's Monastery in the Sinai.
I've discovered a most beautiful desktop picture of Christ:
Christ Pantocrator from St. Catherine's Monastery in the Sinai (550 C.E.) [This is one of the earliest images of Christ painted 6 years after the discovery of the cloth of Edessa--the Sacred Shroud]. Go to the site:
Right click on the picture, and click on DESKTOP. The full beautiful picture will become your desktop. On both sides of the picture will be solid black. Let me tell you what is special about this picture. I'm quoting from the website:
Christ Pantocrator from St. Catherine's Monastery in the Sinai (550 C.E.) --image of Edessa
There really are no descriptions of Jesus' appearance in the New Testament; none whatsoever. Nor are there any meaningful descriptions in any known early Church sources. St. Augustine of Hippo made a point of this when he wrote his monumental works in the fifth century. But starting in the sixth century a new common appearance for Jesus emerged in Middle eastern art. We see it today in many pictures of Jesus: icons, paintings, mosaics and Byzantine coins. This common picture quality seems to have started in the Middle East about the same time that the Image of Edessa was discovered in 544 CE. Up until then, pictures of Jesus were mostly of a young, beardless man, often with short hair, often in story-like settings in which he was depicted as a shepherd.
Suddenly, throughout the Middle East, and eventually throughout Mediterranean Europe, pictures of Jesus became frontal portraits with distinctive facial characteristics. Jesus had shoulder length hair, an elongated thin nose, and a forked beard. Numerous other characteristics appeared in these pictures, and some of them were seemingly strange and of no particular artistic merit. Many portraits had two wisps of hair that dropped at an angle from a central parting of the hair. Many pictures showed Jesus with large "owlish" eyes. Paul Vignon, a French scholar, who first categorized these facial attributes in 1930, also described a square cornered U shape between the eyebrows, a downward pointing triangle on the bridge of the nose, a raised right eyebrow, accents on both cheeks with the accent on the right cheek being somewhat lower, an enlarged left nostril, an accent line below the nose, a gap in the beard below the lower lip, and hair on one side of the head that was shorter than on the other side."
A great link on the Sacred Shroud:
Another image of the face of Christ which is venerated all over the world, is preserved by the Catholic church, and is believed to be the imprint of Jesus' face on Veronica's veil may be found below. St. Theresa of the Child Jesus took the name St. Theresa of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face" in veneration of this picture. The picture below was touched to the veil itself and is considered a relic by the church.
Look for the book: The Holy Man of Tours by Dorothy Scallan. The Life of Leo Dupont (1797-1876), Apostle of the Holy Face Devotion . From Martinique to Tours, France, his life was guided toward successfully promoting this devotion. World famous for his miracles.
St. Therese of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face