The early Christians claimed that the devotion to the holy martyrs and their relics are the manifestation of devotion to Jesus himself.
The cult of relics already began in the time of the first Christians and the cross of Jesus, is exactly one of the earliest relics.
Through the intercession of the saints, we turn to God and to be closer to them, we visit the places where they lived, their memories and footsteps.
The Church forbids making a business with the relics of Saints.
For this reason, relics should never be sold.
The Church don’t permit public veneration relics before the recognition of the heroic virtues of the candidate to the altars.
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The value of Relics
What item is a relic and what does it represent in the Catholic Church?
The word relic originates in the Latin reliquiae-remains. It is a physical memory, the living testimony of a Saint or Blessed. In the Church, it always had a very large value, because it transports us to a historical positive moment as to remain in the presence of a historical passage…
Another value that the relic has is the physical relationship that the Saint had with the Holy Eucharist and also a sacred relationship with the Lord. The honor of a baptized body, through the union of grace, becomes the temple of the Holy Spirit. But the body of a Saint is still more of a communion of grace with God, because the body of a saint lived in this sanctity and the body was inhabited by the same grace in a solemn way. The relic keeps us almost in contact with this body.
In history, relics also had an important role in the fight against the spirit of evil, because the relic is not beloved by the devil, because of a physical reality that it has with a special relationship with grace.
There are two classes of relics…
The first class consists of the body; the second by the clothing and objects that have been in contact with body of the Saint, living or dead. Objects that have been in contact with the tomb, on the contrary, have a symbolic, affectionate value and are called "souvenirs"
The gesture of touching an object to the tomb, that we use every day, for example, the rosary, only has a devotional value. Often, there are people attracted by curiosity or by a popular devotion, to visit a shrine only to see, for example, the head of St. Catherine or the tongue of St. Anthony.
Does not the devotion to the relics confuse the living presence of Christ in the Tabernacle?
We must always maintain the Hierarchy. The first is the Eucharist; then we have the word of God and finally the relics, including the sacred images, remembering that, the images are finalized for prayer. It is very important to renew devotion to the relic, but it is easy to fall into superstition. The relic is not a charm. So, go to Church and kneel before the Eucharist, then venerate the Saint, because the protection of the Saint is felt. The Saint intercedes for us and we can ask the Saint, in turn, to intercede with the Lord, the ultimate purpose of our prayer. When the relic of a Saint is kissed, it is like kissing the mercy of God which was processed by that Saint. When praying before the body of a Saint, thank God who led this person on the path to Holiness. We must always remember that through the Saints, we adore God.