Holy relics of Christ include: three Holy Umbilical Cords and Holy toenails

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Holy relics of Christ include: three Holy Umbilical Cords and Holy toenails

The Holy Umbilical Cord is a first class Catholic relic (that which is composed of a body part) of Christ. Christian teaching generally states that Christ was assumed into heaven corporeally.

Therefore the only parts of his body available for veneration are parts he had lost prior—hair, blood, fingernails, milk teeth, his prepuce and the umbilicus remaining from his birth.

It was written somewhere that the Virgin kept and coveted her son’s umbilical cord. She possessed it most of her life before handing it off to Saint John who, in turn, passed it along (as the story goes) to the Bishop of Ephesus.

But how versions of the Holy Navel ended up in the French towns of Lucques and Châlons-sur-Marne is a mystery, especially considering Rome had one, too.

The Eternal City’s blessed belly button was kept in the Sancta Sanctorum (the Holy of Holies) along with the heads of Sts. Peter and Paul, a chunk of wood from the Last Supper (which can still be seen tacked to the wall), and, until 1527, the Holy Foreskin .

The Shroud is merely the most prominent of Western relics, which prior to the French Revolution included:

  • around 14 versions of the Holy Prepuce (at Antwerp, Coulombs, Chartres, Charroux, Metz, Conques, Langres, Anvers, Fécamp, Puy-en-Velay, Auvergne, Hildesheim, Santiago de Compostela and Calcata)
  • three Holy Umbilical Cords,
  • four Spears of Longinus,
  • three Crowns of Thorns,
  • a large number of Holy Toenail clippings,
  • the rods used by Moses and Aaron,
  • leftovers from the feeding of the 5,000,
  • three arms of St Francis Xavier,
  • the shirt of John the Baptist (and a mere three of his heads),
  • phials of milk from the Virgin Mary,
  • quantities of Christ's blood,
  • His milk teeth
  • some 204 bits of babies massacred by Herod

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By netchicken: posted on 16-3-2010








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