Visiting the faithful with a traveling collection of relics
for the purpose of spiritual talks and public veneration is
not a new idea. The practice of transporting the remains of
the saints for veneration and exhibit began in the 11th century.
Religious and secular traveled the countryside told stories
of the lives of the saints. The intention was to hopefully impress
and inspire the faithful by the tales of virtue and sacrifice.
As the remains of our spiritual forefathers transversed Europe
so did their reputation and legend. Their spirituality has been
our inheritance and their steadfast devotion, unwavering discipline,
and supreme austerities became a model for many of today's modern
religious lifestyles. Early monasteries, mysticism, and strict
rules of life may be credited as among the greatest contributions
of culture to the world.
In every society throughout history, there have always been
heroes, exemplars for us to follow and emulate. The saints throughout
Europe and the New World brought order to chaos, strength and
hope to the common man, council to the wise and prominent, as
well as opportunity for salvation. The bones of the Saints bring
with them our past, reassure us in the present, and give us
hope of a future.
The guardians who possessed the Holy in the form of relics were
able to show gratitude by sharing these sacred and Holy remains
with others. The faithful often could not visit the shrines
throughout the world that were frequently visited by the locals
and the privileged. The traveling exhibit brought the saints
to the faithful. The stories of the saints, allowed the faithful
to become aware of the commonality to their lives, the struggles
The presence of the saints made the individuals perseverance
and quest for the Heavenly Jerusalem a reality. Accounts of
conversions, healings, and miracles were commonplace in the
history of the translation of the relics of St. Marcellinus
and St. Peter. In the United States, shrines that house relics
are few, and generally speaking Churches no longer have relics
available for public veneration or feast days. This is the void
that Saints Alive is trying to fill.
The veneration of relics realizes no boundaries; it simply
validates the heroic virtues of individuals not recognizing
race, nation, or whether rich or poor. The remains of the saints
are more than merely fascinating mementoes; they are pieces
of a road map to Heaven itself. They make us aware that these
saints who now await us in Heaven where; actually at one time
people like us, you suffered, struggled, and carried their own
crosses. The key to their success was faith and Holy perseverance.
Not all of us are called to be religious and lead a life of
prayer, obedience, and poverty. Likewise, we are not meant to
become martyrs for our faith as seen in the early Church. But
we are expected (at least hopefully) to persevere. This holy
perseverance comes from Christ, through his Blessed Mother and
the Communion of Saints. Like us, they studied and followed
the examples of their predecessors. They read the lives of the
saints; they traveled to the shrines, and venerated relics.
What the ICHR does is to bring this Heavenly Jerusalem to you.
When you venerate a relic you are truly in the presence of
a sacred remain that God has chosen to gift us with; a reminder
of a life to come, and the present state of life that we live
within. We can study the struggles and trials of the saints
and emulate them in our own daily lives. We can read about the
faith conversions and life styles changes and gain strength
from them, knowing that we too are capable if we respond to
the will of God. We can share in the same gratitude for prayers
heard and answered that filled the lives of the saints. There
is a reassuring spiritual significance when an individual has
had his/her petition realized. A "maybe there really is
a God" and "He really does love me" feeling.
Come and give thanks to God for prayers answered. Come petition
for the intercession of a patron saint. Come to be in the presence
of the Communion of Saints. Come and get a little closer to
Heaven. Support the ICHR financially whereby helping the exhibits
travel to the faithful throughout the USA. Your contribution
will allow the faithful to be in the presence of the saints.
It is a way of showing your gratitude for the intercessory benevolence
“The only difference between the saint and the sinner
is that every saint has a past and every sinner has a future”.
Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance. Act iii.
Mr. Serafin is available to visit your Church with a select
collection of relics and make them available for public veneration.
We will discuss as a group the lives and legends of the saints.
Tom will also discuss the subjects of; electronic simony [the
sale of relics on the internet], the International Crusade for
Holy Relics, and all the information needed to inform you properly
on the cultus of relics. If pre-approved by your Pastor and
with the cooperation of a parish priest, we will have a blessing
of the faithful with a relic of the True Cross.
|"Then came the relics of the Apostles and the early
martyrs followed by those whole bands of martyrs, Popes,
priests, confessors, hermits, virgins, religious, etc. They
were deposited at the foot of the cross, in costly vases,
ornamented caskets, towers, and shrines wonderfully wrought
in precious metal. A mountain of treasures arose under the
cross which gradually ascended as the mound increased and,
finally, rested upon what might be termed a transfigured
The relics were brought by those who had themselves honored
them and exposed them to the veneration of the faithful;
they were, for the most part, holy personages whose own
relics are now held in benediction. After this I saw multitudes
of well-dressed people thronging around the church with
marks of deep veneration. They wore the various costumes
of their times; of the present day, I saw but a few. They
were people who honored the saints and their relics as they
ought to be honored, as members of the Body of Jesus Christ,
as holy vessels of divine grace through Jesus, in Jesus.
On them I saw falling like celestial dew the beneficent
influence of those saints, prosperity crowned all their
undertakings. I rejoiced to see here and there, in these
days, some good souls (some of whom I know) still honoring
relics in all simplicity." Ven. Anne Catherine Emmerich
- Feast of the Holy Relics - 1820