6. Veronica Wipes Jesus' FaceThe sixth station is a stone pillar that says in Latin: "Station No. 6 - The righteous Veronica wiped the sweat from the face of Jesus." Tradition sees the house opposite the stone pillar with the inscription, Veronica's house.
Here, in the Via Dolorosa, Veronica, according to belief, helped wipe Jesus' face and revealed the portrait of Jesus in her handkerchief.
Veronica was, according to legend, one of the few righteous who helped Jesus in the journey of agony. She handed him a white handkerchief to wipe the blood from his face. When the handkerchief came back to her, she realized that the portrait of his face had been imprinted on it.
This station, which is not mentioned in the New Testament, is located on Via Dolorosa. And is now in the possession of the Melkite, the Greek Catholic Christians. They purchased the place in 1883, after centuries of Christianity not present at this sixth station. It was they who fixed the column with the inscription.
Why did Veronica Help Jesus?Christian tradition knows that Veronica suffered for 12 years from blood that burst from her body for no reason. At the time, when she touched the hem of Jesus' clothes, she was healed. During the Crucifixion, she had come to accompany him on his last journey and wanted to ease him. So she took his face and saw the miracle of the portrait of Jesus drowned in her handkerchief. Thus the handkerchief became a holy object that could heal the sick and save others.
Christian tradition knows how to tell about the most famous patient who was treated with the help of the handkerchief. It is said that when Tiberius, the Roman emperor in the days of Jesus, heard the story, he summoned Veronica to Rome to see the wonderful handkerchief. After the Emperor himself was cured of a serious illness, when he looked or touched it, the holy handkerchief was given to him by Veronica. According to tradition, it is preserved to this day in the Vatican and is held in St. Peter's Church in Rome.