Tuesday, July 19, 2011
St. Veronica is remembered on July 12. Veronica is the woman with the issue of blood whom the Lord healed (Matthew 9:20). Out of gratitude to the Lord, her Healer, Veronica ordered a statue of the Lord Jesus be made for her, before which she prayed to God. According to tradition, this statue was preserved until the reign of Emperor the Apostate, who altered the statue so that it became an idol of Zeus. This is one of the rare instances in which holy statues have been used in the Eastern Church. As is known, this later became a common practice of the Western churches. St. Veronica remained devoted to the Faith of Christ until her peaceful repose.