Happy to announce that I am going to be the co-author of a new book with the Rev. Richard Cannuli, O.S.A. The book is going to be about the sacred relics of the universal Church.
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On this the feast day of the Assumption of the Holy Theotokos, the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, here is a relic of a small part of Her belt as it can be found at Mount Athos. This reliquary was sealed by the Augustinians. Second class relic.
Since there are a lot, I set up a new site for the relics, titled Holy Relics – The Deification of Man. Like that, the relics can be easily viewed and found without interference from other posts. So head over there to see over 60 first and second class relics and reliquaries that have been posted to date.
On the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, above is a reliquary with a small piece of the purple robe of Our Lord Jesus Christ (De Purpurae), a very rare relic. Christ was forced to wear this robe after His scourging at the pillar, when the soldiers crowned Him with thorns and mocked Him, acclaiming, “Hail, King of the Jews!” (Mk 15:17). The small piece of the robe shown above is a second class relic and the reliquary was sealed by the Augustinians.
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Above is a reliquary showing a very small piece of the Holy Shroud of Jesus Christ (De Sindone), one of the most famous relics in history. You can read more about the Shroud here. The small piece shown above constitutes a second class relic and the reliquary was sealed by the Augustinians.
Above is a multi-reliquary showing a fragment from the veil (ex velo) of the Blessed Virgin Mary and bone fragments (ex ossibus) of Saint Anthony of Padova, Saint Gallo the abbot and Saint Mary Magdalene. The fragment of the Virgin Mother’s veil shown above constitutes a second class, whereas the fragments of bone of Anthony, Gallo and Mary Magdalene constitute first class relics.
Above is a reliquary showing a bone fragment (ex ossibus) of Saint Anthony of Padova, the famous silver-tongued preacher and Scripture expert. You can read more about Anthony here. The fragment shown above constitutes a first class relic and the reliquary was sealed by the Augustinians.
Above is a reliquary showing fragments from the body and the ashes (ex corpore et cineribus) of Saint Gabriel of the Addolorata, the flighty, rich, young man who left everything to follow his call and who died at the age of 24 years. You can read more about Gabriel here. The fragments shown above constitute a first class relic. The seal of the reliquary is that of the Passionists and the document attesting to the relic’s authenticity comes from the Passionist Fathers in Rome, Italy.