Sts. Joachim and Anne: revisited

The other day I mentioned that at The Sabine Farm I had relics of Sts. Joachim and Anne.  I promised photos and here they are.

At the top is St. Joachim and in the center is St. Anne.  On the left is St. Nicholas (yes, Santa Claus), on the bottom is St. Blaise of throat-blessing fame, and at the right is St. Paul, the Blessed Apostle to the Gentiles.

I can here it now.  "But Father!  But Father!" you exclaim, stabbing your powered-sugar covered finger at the screen as you put down your piece of Turkish delight, "How can you be sure that these are real?  After all, St. Anne?  St. Joachim?  Why should we beleive that?"  Well… you’ve got me there.  All I can say is that if you have proof that they are not real, please send it and I will take it under advisement.

This is a really old reliquary.  I am guessing it dates to the early part of the 18th c.  It was common (and still is) to put more than one relic in a reliquary.  There is a waxen seal on the interior part of the back, but I haven’t explored it yet.  There are no documents, alas.

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2 Responses to Sts. Joachim and Anne: revisited

  1. CaesarMagnus says:

    “All I can say is that if you have proof that they are not real, please send it and I will take it under advisement.”

    That was one thing that helped me in my “re”-conversion. I began to become skeptical of the skeptics of the Church. Although I can’t always prove some legend, I don’t see the naysayers able to disprove it either. I think the oral tradition of the early Church is so foten completely ignored, as if everything the Church knows had to be immediately codified at Pentecost, otherwise it was just “made up.” How ridiculous. Just my two cents.

  2. CaesarMagnus: I also found that idea to be instrumental in my conversion from Lutheranism.

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