Explanation of the Epistles and Gospels for the Sundays, Holydays and Festivals Throughout the Ecclesiastical Year; To Which Are Added the Lives of Many Saints Volume 25
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...valuable than gold or precious stones, in a sacred place, where every year his martyrdom was commemorated. In a sermon on the Saints Juventius and Maximus, St. Chrysostom says: "Let us visit them often, let us touch the little case, (in which these bones are kept) and approach their relics with the greatest confidence, so that we may receive blessings through them." An immense number of testimonies could still be quoted concerning the veneration of saints' relics, and of the miracles that have occurred through them, by which is clearly shown that this pious custom has always been practiced in the Church. I/Vhy should we honor the relics of the saints? The answer to this is finely given by the Council of Trent: "Because they are the precious remains of bodies that were, in life, members of Christ and temples of the Holy Ghost, and will one day rise and be glorified; God gives us a great many favors through them, and they, therefore, deserve to be held in honor by us." (Sess. 25. de invoc. et 1/enerat. Reliqu. Sanct.) Are we permitted to venerate in the same manner the pictures of the saints, the holy Cross, &c.? Yes, for the honor we show to the picture is given to the one whom it represents. Everybody would consider it an insult to a king if his picture be abused and dishonored. The Council of Trent declares distinctly: "that we must have the pictures of Christ, the Blessed Virgin, and the saints, especially in the temples, retain them there and show them due honor, not as if we believed there is divinity or power in them to which we must pay honor, not as if we demanded aught from them, or as if we put our trust in the pictures, as in olden times did the heatheffs' who put their trust in...
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