This round relief scapular with a movable hoop at the top is a replica of the Image of Edessa or Mandylion, an icon that depicts the Holy Face of our Lord and Savior. Being one of the so-called Icons Made Without Hands, it is among the most revered relics in Christendom because it appeared on the cloth by the sheer will of God, due to the direct contact with His Holy Face rather than an artist’s efforts. The icon was created by God to ease the suffering of Abgar, the King of Edessa, and, according to legend, it not only healed the King himself from a serious illness but provided relief to every sick Edessan, and was later hung over the gates of the fortress and to protect the city from enemies. The reverse of the icon depicts a circle with a blossoming cross inside, framed in the words of the prayer, which, according to legend, was written by King Abgar on the Holy Cloth.
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