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 Post subject: Relics & Non-Catholic Christians
PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2005 2:59 pm 
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What is the Eastern Orthodox understanding of relics?

A friend heard a story that some Polish Catholics wanted some of John Paul II's body parts moved to their local parish. This person's reaction was one of disgust.

It made me realize that Catholic spirituality is not 21st century North American spirituality. I thought it might be useful to point out that other Christians, those with just as long a history as Catholics, have a similar understanding of relics. If, in fact, that is the case.

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The Eastern Orthodox view of Relics is the same as ours, probably more so. Post Vatican II Catholicism has lost a lot of it love for relics.


http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/general/relics.aspx

Also read the Martyrdom of St. Polycarp. He was burned and first thing the people of his diocese did was to collect the bones ("more valueable to us than gold") and place them in a place of honor.

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Brendan wrote:
Also read the Martyrdom of St. Polycarp.


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The Martyrdom of St. Polycarp XVIII
Accordingly, we afterwards took up his bones, as being more precious than the most exquisite jewels, and more purified than gold, and deposited them in a fitting place, whither, being gathered together, as opportunity is allowed us, with joy and rejoicing, the Lord shall grant us to celebrate the anniversary of his martyrdom, both in memory of those who have already finished their course, and for the exercising and preparation of those yet to walk in their steps.


http://www.earlychurchfathers.org/belief.php?id=25


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Thanks. Excellent article.

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We dig relics. Venerating relics and icons is a mandatory part of Orthodoxy.

http://www.orthodoxphotos.com/Holy_Relics/index.shtml


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One of the origins of the devotion to relics was the custom of honoring the dead in Roman catacombs. Mass would be said at the catacomb. When the barbarians (Germans) invaded in the declining days of the empire, many of the graves were desecrated as grave-robbers tore open any tomb they thought was likely to contain anything valuable. To prevent desecration of the graves of the saints, their remains were often removed and brought into the city and placed in churches.


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