6 - Veronica offers her veil to Jesus

            We adore you O Christ and we bless you

All        because by your holy cross

you have redeemed the world.


Bible Reading – Matthew 25:35-36, 40

I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” 40And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family,* you did it to me.”



Jesus touched many people in his ministry.  It is possible that not all turned on him.  To some he showed kindness and respect where others could spare none.  Does the introduction of Veronica into the sequence stand for those who refused to join with the rest of the crowd baying for his blood?  There is something touching and also bizarre in this random act of kindness.  Jesus is covered in blood and sweat; he is exhausted and going to his death.  It seems so trivial to mop his brow at this point, his needs are so much greater, but a humane touch all the same.  Veronica reminds us of those who offer dignity to the dying, even to the convicted.


Lord Jesus,

we give you thanks and praise

for in your ministry you touched untouchables with love

and regarded the dignity of all.

Pour your healing touch on all your people

that all may rejoice in your redemption.  Amen.



            O Saviour of the world

who by your cross and precious blood redeemed us

All        Save us and help us we humbly beseech you, O Lord.