This last weekend I recovered some relics which a friend had had for some years.
St. Leo the Great
St. Thomas Aquinas
St. Ignatius Loyola
They are all first class relics, from bone.
They join the other great saints in the Sabine Chapel, including St. Paul, whose special year we are still celebrating.
The four matching reliquaries which house the reacquired relics now were a recent acquisition.
Also recovered is an old reliquary given to me long ago with a sliver of the Cross of Our Lord.
I don’t have documents for this, but because of the wax seals on the back and the manner of its preparation I have little doubt that it was prepared by someone who was authorized.
This later reliquary, in the shape of a pectoral cross – which I assumed was used by a religious of some sort, was given to me in a box with many other things around the time of my conversion to Catholicism. For a long while, years, I had no idea that it was a reliquary and didn’t pay much attention to it. Then one day when I chanced across it, I discovered that this Cross unscrewed at the top and slide open.
Imagine my surprise at what I found inside.