Relics - The Shroud of Turin, the True Cross, the Blood of Januarius...History, Mysticism, and the Catholic Church

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Joan Carroll Cruz

 

Since the early days of the Church, the remains of a saint or holy person were called relics (from the Latin Reliquiae, meaning remains).

The Veneration of relics is practiced by Christians and non-Christians alike. It is in no way restricted to the Catholic religion but is, to some extent, a primitive instinct with origins that predate Christianity. It is known that relics of Buddha were distributed soon after his death. The relics of Confucius have been venerated by the people of Asia since the year 195 B.C., and the relics of Mohammed, who died in A.D. 632, are similarly revered. In the Old Testament the relics of the prophet Elisha are mentioned (2 Kings 13:20-21), and the New Testament notes the relics of the Apostle Paul and the wonders the Lord worked through them (Acts 19:11-12).

From early Church history there was no extravagance or abuse in honoring relics and, indeed, the practice was taken for granted by writers such as St. Augustine, St. Ambrose, St. Jerome, St. John Chrysostom and other great doctors of the Church without exception.

In Relics, Joan Carroll Cruz, author of the bestseller The Incorruptibles, describes in vivid detail the stories, history, and theology of Catholic belief surrounding the veneration of many of the major and active relics that are revered by the Catholic Church - the Shroud of Turin, the True Cross, the Blood of Januarius, the relics of the Blessed Mother, and many more. The role of relics in Catholic life and what the Church teaches about them are revealed and carefully documented in this unique and engrossing account.

 

 

 


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0-87973-701-8
9780879737016
308
9"  (22.8 cm) x 6"  (15.2 cm)
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1984

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St. Januarius

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 09/19


Patron Of: Against Volcano Eruptions, Blood Banks, Naples, Italy

Also known as
    Gennaro

Memorial
    19 September
    16 December

Profile
    Fourth century bishop of Benevento, Italy during Diocletian's persecution. Arrested while visiting imprisoned deacons, and later martyred with them.

    His blood was preserved, and dried. Since at least 1389, on his feast day, and on the Satuday before the first Sunday in May, the blood liquefies.

Born
    Benevento or Naples, Italy (records vary)

Died
    martyred c.304 at Naples or Pozzuoli (sources vary)
    first thrown to wild beasts
    when the animals would not attack him, he was beheaded

Patronage
    against volcanic eruptions
    blood banks
    Naples, Italy



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