Holy week, the Cathedral welcomes you to a special exhibition
of the Relics of the Passion. The Cathedral will be featuring
what some believe were the Crown of thorns, a splinter from the
cross used in Jesus Christ's crucifixion, the Holy nails and Table
of the supper. This Holy week exhibit will end permanently at
dusk on Holy Saturday.
on the links below for more information:
On the Veneration of the
Relics of the Passion and
Cross of Christ
origin of the Christian practice of venerating relics lies in
the veneration of the martyrs, who witnessed to Christ by shedding
their blood for love of him. In early Christian centuries churches
were built near their bodies. Portions of the martyr’s body,
often the bones, were placed under – or in – the altar
as sign of Christian hope and of the communion between the living
and the dead.
is no relic of Christ’s own body. At the core of Christian
faith is the affirmation that he was raised from the dead and
lives at the right hand of the Father. The instruments of the
Passion which touched his body became objects of veneration following
Saint Helena’s search for the True Cross.
veneration of the True Cross finds its origin in the legend of
Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine, who is said have unearthed
three crosses at Golgotha, and is said to have verified though
a series of miracles which was the True Cross of Christ. Pilgrims
returning from Jerusalem, and later from Rome, took relics with
them and disseminated them in different parts of the world.
roots of devotion to the Cross, to the instruments of the Passion,
and to other objects associated with the life of Christ are long,
deep and strong in the piety of the Christian people, beginning
with pilgrims in Jerusalem and continuing to our own day.
strong has the practice of the veneration of the Cross been in
Christian history that it has found its way into the Liturgy of
Good Friday, where all the faithful are invited to demonstrate
their reverence for the Cross of the One whose wounds have healed
us. The veneration of the Cross on Good Friday is an expression
of our faith and hope in Christ whose Paschal Mystery we celebrate
and share in most fully in the Easter celebration of the Resurrection.
veneration of holy places and objects is meant to bring us into
a deeper share in Christ’s mysteries: his life, mission,
suffering, death and Resurrection. It is in the Liturgy of the
Church that we see and celebrate the unity of the one Paschal
Mystery of Christ: self-giving love unto death lives forever;
the power of love prevails over all evil; suffering and sorrow
give way to hope and joy never ending.
Leo the Great reminds us: The mystery of the life of Christ has
passed over into the sacramental life of the Church. Through the
veneration of these relics – from the collection of the
Apostolate for Holy Relics – all the faithful have the opportunity
to deepen their faith in Christ and to share in his mysteries
celebrated in their fullness during the Sacred Triduum. Then,
on Easter morn, voices will ring out with vigor and joy, echoing
the earliest proclamation of the Christian faith: The Crucified
One lives! Christ is risen – truly risen from the dead!