Santa Veronica

by Kiko Matsing

Bantayan, Cebu (2004)

Legend has it that Saint Veronica, moved to pity at the sight of Christ bearing his cross to Golgotha, gave him her veil that he may wipe his brow. When she received it back, the veil contained the indelible impression of the Christ’s face.

Veronica is a Latinization of the Greek Bernice (Berenikē), a Macedonian name meaning “bearer of victory.” It may have also been derived, though less likely, from the phrase vera icon or “true image,” referring to the legend of the veil. (Wikipedia)

She is a beloved figure in Filipino Holy Week rites.