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Rare opportunity in 2015: The Shroud of Turin exhibit & Passion Play of Soredevolo

There are two things that are going to coincide for part of 2015 that are rare opportunities.  

The Shroud will be on display for the longest time ever in history.
The Shroud will be on display for the longest time ever in history.

One you have probably heard about: The Shroud of Turin will be on public display in Turin, Italy from April 19th through June 24th.  This is a rare opportunity to view the Shroud, which is not normally on public display.  And, it is longest period that it has ever been on display.  

 

Another event in this area that may not be familiar to you is the famous Passion Play of Sordevolo, held in this tiny hamlet not far from Turin.  It is similar to the more well-known Oberammergau Passion Play, but is held every 5 years rather than every 10 years as is Oberammergau.  And one of those years is 2015.

The scene where Peter denies Jesus three times before the cock crows
The scene where Peter denies Jesus three times before the cock crows

The huge outdoor set gives you an idea of how Jerusalem looked  at the time of Our Lord’s Passion, and has 29 different scenes.  About 400 actors take part in the 3-hour performance.

There are also two children’s performances.

The 2015 performance is most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from June 7th through September 27th, so some of the June dates will be during the Shroud display.  Click here for the exact scheduled dates.

The Shrine of Oropa
The Shrine of Oropa

And, also nearby, is the Shrine of Oropa, a favorite of Blessed Pier Giorgio and Saint John Paul II. With its chapels, stations of the Cross and serene setting it is a must-see in this area. 

So there is a quite a bit here in this area that can be seen without a great deal of travel. We recommend you stay a week in this area if you can.  At this time, we are not aware of any tours that include both the Shroud of Turin and the Sordevolo Passion Play, but we hope that some companies will offer this combination.

Photos courtesy Sordevolo Passion Play, Shrine of Oropa, Wikipedia

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