Relics – 13 – St Paul of the Cross

paul of the cross

Above is a reliquary showing a fragment from the body (ex corpore) of Saint Paul of the Cross, the Italian mystic and founder of the Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ. You can read more about Paul here. The fragment from the body that is shown above constitutes a first class relic. Sealing of the reliquary and documentation of the authenticity of the relic come from the Passionist Fathers in Rome, Italy.

Relics – 12 – St Mark the Evangelist

St Mark (2)

Above is a reliquary showing a bone fragment (ex ossibus) of Saint Mark the Apostle and Evangelist, the Libyan Jew who fled naked in terror when Jesus Christ was arrested in the garden of Gethsemane (Mk 14:51). He later died as a martyr in Alexandria, Egypt. It was in Mark’s house that Christ observed the Passover with His disciples and where the latter hid after the Crucifixion, before the Resurrection. You can read more about Mark here.

The bone fragment shown above constitutes a first class relic. Official documentation certifying the genuineness of Mark’s relic, the sealing of the reliquary and allowing for its public veneration, comes from Youssef Ibrahim Sarraf, the second Bishop (now deceased) of the Catholic Eparchy of Cairo, Egypt (Chaldean Rite).

This precious relic of Saint Mark is going to be available for public veneration after the 8.30am Mass on the Evangelist’s feast day, Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Santa Venera Roman Catholic Parish Church, Saint Joseph High Road, Santa Venera, Malta (EU).

Relics – 11 – St Mary Magdalene

St Mary Magdalene

Above is a reliquary showing a bone fragment (ex ossibus) of Saint Mary Magdalene, the prostitute who had seven demons cast out of her and became a penitent and the apostle to the Apostles. You can read more about Magdalene here. The bone fragment shown above constitutes a first class relic and the reliquary was sealed by the Augustinians.

Relics – 10 – St John the Baptist and St John the Evangelist

St John the Baptist & St John the Evangelist

Above is a reliquary showing bone fragments (ex ossibus) of Saint John the Baptist and Saint John the Apostle, Evangelist and Theologian. John the Baptist, aka the Forerunner, was the cousin and baptizer of Jesus Christ. He died as a martyr, beheaded by Herod Antipas at the request of Salome.

The Apostle John, aka the Beloved, was the only bishop to remain at the foot of the Cross with the Virgin Mary when Christ was dying. He was one of the four evangelists and the only one among the 12 apostles to die a natural death. The bone fragments shown above constitute first class relics and the reliquary was sealed by the Augustinians.

Relics – 9 – St Peter and St Paul

Sts Peter & Paul

Above is a reliquary showing bone fragments (ex ossibus) of the Holy Apostles, Saint Peter and Saint Paul. Peter, aka Simon bar Jonah, was the fellow who despite all his bravado, denied knowing Jesus Christ three times during His passion. Then he ended up becoming Apostle to the Jews and the first Vicar of Christ.

Paul, aka Saul of Tarsus, was the Pharisee of Pharisees (Acts 23:6) who ruthlessly persecuted Christians until his famous conversion. Then he became Apostle to the Gentiles. Both Peter and Paul died as martyrs in Rome, Italy. The bone fragments shown above constitute first class relics and the reliquary was sealed by the Augustinians.

Relics – 8 – St John Chrysostom

St John Chrysostom

Above is a reliquary showing a bone fragment (ex ossibus) of Saint John Chrysostom, one of the Three Holy Hierarchs and an early Church Father. He is also a doctor of the universal Church. You can read more about John here. The bone fragment constitutes a first class relic and the reliquary was sealed by the Augustinians.

Relics – 7 – The Blessed Virgin Mary

Ex fascia BVM

Above is a reliquary showing a piece from the sash (ex fascia) of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ and Queen of heaven and earth. You can read more about her here. The sash fragment constitutes a second class relic and the reliquary was sealed by the Augustinians.

Relics – 6 – Jesus Christ

Pillar Christ

Above is a small reliquary showing a fragment of the pillar to which Jesus Christ was tied during His scourging (ex columna flagellationis). The fragment constitutes a first class relic because it was one of the instruments of Christ’s Passion. Many stunning things happened after receiving this reliquary. Another reliquary related to Christ can be seen here.

Relics – 5 – St Seraphim of Sarov

St Seraphim of Sarov

Above is a reliquary showing a bone fragment (ex ossibus) of the greatest of the 19th century startsy, the humble Saint Seraphim of Sarov. He is also considered one of the most renowned Russian monks and mystics of the Orthodox Church; you can read more about him here. The bone fragment constitutes a first class relic and the reliquary was sealed by the Augustinians. One of the “ears” of the reliquary broke as I was handling it upon its arrival.

Seraphim of Sarov

Seraphim is a great friend, having attained theosis, the true goal of every Christian, in his lifetime as evidenced by the story recounted by his student, Nicholas Motovilov. To the right is a picture of the icon that I have of Seraphim, for your edification. It was written recently by an iconographer in Bulgaria.

My dream is to have a kiot in which to place together, for display and veneration, both the relic and the icon of Saint Seraphim of Sarov.

Relics – 4 – St Sergius of Radonezh

St Sergius of Radonezh

Above is a reliquary showing a bone fragment (ex ossibus) of Saint Sergius of Radonezh, the humble, ascetic spiritual leader of Russia in the 14th century and founder of the Holy Trinity Monastery north of Moscow. Sergius is considered one of the most highly venerated saints in the Russian Orthodox Church; you can read more about him here. The bone fragment constitutes a first class relic and the reliquary was sealed by the Augustinians.

Relics – 3 – The Maccabean Martyrs

Maccabean Martyrs

Above is a reliquary showing a small bone fragment (ex ossibus) of the Holy, Old Testament Maccabees who were martyred by Antiochus Epiphanes (2 Macc). You can read more about their story here. The bone fragment constitutes a first class relic and the reliquary was sealed by the Augustinians.

Relics – 2 – St Benedict Joseph Labre

Benedict Joseph Labre

Above is a reliquary showing both a bone fragment (ex ossibus) and a piece of clothing (ex indumentis) of Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, the “holy hobo” who spent hours in Eucharistic Adoration and used to levitate when in ecstasy. You can read more about Benedict Joseph here. The bone fragment is a first class relic, the clothing fragment is a second class relic. Many stunning things happened after rescuing this reliquary from a flea market in Poland.

Relics – 1 – Jesus Christ

Christ relics

Above is a reliquary showing fragments of both the manger and the sepulchre of Jesus Christ. Also shown is a stone fragment from the rock upon which Christ was laid when He was brought down from the Cross. All three relics are second class. This is the first reliquary I ever had and many amazing things happened immediately after receiving this reliquary.