Tuesday, January 5, 2016
DAY 1 Addition: Basilica of St. Paul Reliquari
ABOVE: Here we were yesterday, after 10 AM Mass at the Basilica of St. Paul. As a group we called upon the intercession of the dozens of holy saints and martyrs whose relics were contained in the Reliquari.
WHAT? Relics are the physical remains of Saints. Objects are either bones, pieces of clothing, or some object used by the particular Saint.
Of the many impressive relics above, in the bottom shelf, of the right side, in the reliquari in the middle (looks like a tomb with glass windows) are large skeletal remains of both Apostles James the Greater and James the Lesser.
WHO? JAMES THE GREATER: One of the Twelve; brother of John, the beloved disciple; with John and Peter at the miracle of the raising of Jairus' daughter, at the Transfiguration, and the Agony in the Garden of Gethsemani.
He won the crown of martyrdom in A.D. 44. Herod Agrippa I, "killed James, the brother of John, with the sword" (Acts 12:1-2).
JAMES THE LESS: One of the Twelve; author of the Letter of James; first Bishop of Jerusalem, and Martyred in the year A.D. 62.