La Sábana Santa (the Holy Shroud), a Holy Week TV special about the traveling exhibition of research into the Shroud of Turin, is available for streaming in NYC from sabanasantaexpo.com on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 10pm (in Spanish). $12.99
Sábana Santa Exposition
The Sábana Santa exhibition opened at the Cathedral of Malaga, Spain in 2012. It has since been seen by over a million people in Spain and across Mexico. The exhibition’s highlight is a forensic sculpture of the figure whose image is in the shroud.
This is the exhibition’s first international broadcast.
The Shroud of Turin
The Shroud of Turin, Italy (La Sábana Santa) is a medieval relic of the mid-1300s. In medieval Europe, the possession of relics attracted the faithful.
The legend is that the cloth was the burial shroud of Jesus and the image in the cloth is his image. The first written record of the shroud is a French bishop’s letter to a Pope in 1390, claiming that the shroud was an admitted forgery.
Believers want to believe. Both science and the Catholic Church are skeptical.
The shroud was first photographed in 1898. It was examined by a team of scientists in the early 1970s, and a piece was radiocarbon dated in 1988. The conclusion of the dating was that the shroud was from the 1200s-1300s – long after the time of Christ.
In the past, the Church accepted the divinity of the shroud. Today it appreciates the religious fervor the shroud inspires, but refuses to say it is a true relic.
There are many arguments for and against the legend. At the end of the day, whatever you believe is a matter of faith.