Monday, November 5, 2007
The Feast of the Holy Relics
I had never heard of this feast day until Barb mentioned it this morning. That lady is better than caffeine when it comes to blowing the dust off and getting the gears turning. I remembered that we have a few relic cards courtesy of our favorite Salesian priest. I found them in a trunk he left with my grandparents that they had hidden away in their old barn. By the time I discovered it, it was falling apart (the barn and the trunk) and was filled with evidence of little critters, but the relic cards and a few other personal effects were spared. These cards, along with my favorite rosary, and the cruets and chalice that Fr. Blaise used to say Mass when he was "on the run" are just some of the precious gifts my grandparents gave me. For more information about the saints on the cards above you can visit these links:
Sts. Luigi Versiglia and Don Callisto Caravario
St. Dominic Savio (notice on the card he is called Beati or Blessed Dominic Savio. This card was made sometime between 1950 and 1954.)
Blessed Michael Rua
Barb asked in the comments if we knew what the relics were. Here is what we know based on the information on the cards themselves. Saint Luigi and Callisto were martyred in China. Their relics look like fabric of some kind so I am assuming they are pieces of clothing. Blessed Michael Rua's relic also seems to be fabric. St. Dominic Savio's card says "EX CAPSA SEPULCRALI" which means to the best of my understanding "from the tomb". The relic is a collection of tiny brown fragments. On the back of his card is a hand written prayer in Latin. That is all we know. Here is a picture of the back sides of the cards. Any Latin or Italian scholars who want to try their hand at a translation are welcome! Please let me know what you figure out.
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