Friday, 7 November 2014

The Feast of the Holy Relics

8th November- "Protestantism pretends to regard the veneration which the Church pays to the relics of the saints as a sin, and contends that this pious practice is a remnant of paganism.

The Council of Trent, on the contrary, has decided that the bodies of the martyrs and other saints, who were living members of Jesus Christ and temples of the Holy Ghost, are to be honoured by the faithful. This decision was based upon the established usage of the earliest days of the Church, and upon the teachings of the Fathers and of the Councils".

One important relic to English Catholics, particularly, is that of St. Cuthbert Mayne's crown. Cuthbert Mayne, whose feast day is celebrated later this month, was martyred for the Faith in 1577, aged 33 years, and his precious relic is guarded and treasured at Lanherne Convent in Cornwall.

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