sacramentals

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Relics of Saints

Relics are objects associated with saints. The word relic comes from the Latin word reliquiae, meaning “remains.” A relic could be a bone from the saint or it could be a piece of clothing the saint wore.A container used to hold a relic is called a reliquary. Some people keep relics as a reminder of …

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Sacramentals

Sacramentals are “sacred signs instituted by the Church that dispose people to receive the chief effects of the sacraments and they make holy various occasions in human life (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy). Older definitions referred to sacramentals as objects and actions usually “done by” the clergy. This newer definition identifies sacramentals as dynamic signs used in …

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