MARY, OUR MOTHER

Friday, July 10, 2015

Every seven years they are taken out of the gold reliquary - A Moment with Mary



* July 10 – Pilgrimage of Aachen: Mary’s dress displayed every seven years (Germany)  * Every seven years they are taken out of the gold reliquary  ----- A Moment with Mary --

Une Minute avec Marie
An initiative of the Association Mary of Nazareth 

July 10 – Pilgrimage of Aachen: Mary’s dress displayed every seven years (Germany) 

Every seven years they are taken out of the gold reliquary



For over 660 years, people have come on pilgrimage to Aachen, Germany to venerate four relics preserved in its cathedral since the time of Charlemagne.

Historical records show that Emperor Charlemagne received a gift of relics from Jerusalem around the year 800 AD. Since 1349, these relics have been presented to the faithful in Europe and around the world every seven years, and for that purpose, they are taken out of the golden reliquary of the Virgin Mary in the Aachen Cathedral for a period of ten days.

These relics are pieces of ancient fabrics described as:
  • The dress worn by Mary on the night of Jesus’ birth 
  • Jesus' swaddling clothes with which Mary protected the Child 
  • The sheet that wrapped the head of Saint John the Baptist after his beheading 
  • The loincloth worn by Jesus on the cross

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Aachen Cathedral c. 1900 (Wikipedia)