Available Third Class Relics

Available Relic Holy Cards:

We strive to provide these relic holy cards to as many people as possible either for free or at a very low cost.  Having been touched to either first or second class relics, the holy cards have become third class relics.  

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The relic holy cards we current have printed and available are also listed for convenience in our Etsy Store and eBay page.  All cards are listed for $1.  We also have listed select 50-card packs for $10.  

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The following relics are currently in our care.  If you do not see a relic holy card listed for one of these in which you are interested, please send us an email request.

Relics of Our Lord Jesus Christ:

True Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Ex Ligno SS Crucis):

The True Cross is the most distinguished of all relics.  It is an instrument of Christ’s Passion though which we received our Salvation.  “He himself bore our sins in his body upon the cross, so that, free from sin, we might live for righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:24)

 

Tradition teaches us that True Cross was found hidden in Jerusalem by Saint Helena, mother of Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, along with the Holy Nails and Title of the Cross.  The Church of the Holy Sepulchre was built on this site. Part of the True Cross was sent back to Rome and a large portion of it remains in the Basilica di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, originally built out of a room in Saint Helena’s palace. Additional relics of Christ’s passion discovered by St. Helena are housed there including a Holy Nail and the Title of the Cross.  For additional information, please see this article published in the National Catholic Register: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/taking-the-measure-of-relics-of-the-true-cross

Holy Burial Shroud of Our Lord (Shroud of Turin):

The Shroud of Turin is believed by many to be, and has been long been venerated as, the actual burial cloth of Our Lord.  The image on the Shroud provides a striking visual depiction of what Our Lord endured in His Passion, what some have called the fifth Gospel.

To date no one has been able to duplicate the creation of such an image as is on the Shroud.  Shoddy radiocarbon testing in the late 1980s suggested a date between 1260 and 1390, but subsequent research confirmed the sampling used for the testing was contaminated with repairs rewoven in the middle ages and failed to follow prescribed scientific processes, thus invalidating the test results.  Additional evidence of the Shroud’s existence long before 1260 has also been discovered.  

Holy Nail

Tradition teaches us that the Holy Nails were found hidden in Jerusalem by Saint Helena, mother of Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, along with the True Cross and Title of the Cross.  One of these nails is kept at the Basilica di Santa Groce in Gerusalemme.  Replicas of the nail at the Basilica have been made which have been touched to the original and are said to contain filings of the original relic.  The filings come from a part of the nail which rusted off in the 18th century and was blended with new metal to make the replicas.  It is one of these replicas which is in our care.

Grotto of the Nativity in Bethlehem (ex praesepe)

While modern popular culture often depicts Our Lord born in a wooden stable, those who've visited the Holy Land realize it was actually the grotto of a stone cave.  This grotto now forms the crypt of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.  The place of Jesus' birth is marked by a silver 14-pointed star which bears the inscription: "Hic De Virgine maria Jesus Christus Natus" -- Here Jesus Christ was born to the Virgin Mary.

Purple Robe (ex veste purpurea)

The purple robe was placed on Jesus after He was scourged as part of the mocking by the soldiers.  In the Gospel of Mark we read, "The soldiers led him away inside the place, that is, the praetorium, and assembled the whole cohort. They clothed him in purple and, weaving a crown of thorns, placed it on him.  They began to salute him with, 'Hail, King of the Jews!' and kept striking his head with a reed and spitting upon him.  They knelt before him in homage."

Seamless Tunic (ex vest incons)

The seamless tunic or robe was the garment worm by Jesus during his Passion.  In the Gospel of John we read, "When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four shares, a share for each soldier.  They also took his tunic, bun the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from the top down.  So they said to one another, 'Let's not tear it, but case lots for it to see whose it will be,' in order that the passage of the scripture might be fulfilled: 'They divided my garments among them, and for my vesture they cast lots.'"

Title of the Cross (ex titulus)

Tradition teaches us that the Title of the Cross was found hidden in Jerusalem by Saint Helena, mother of Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, along with the True Cross and Holy Nails.  The Title of the Cross contained the inscription written by order of Pilate, "Jesus the Nazorean, the King of the Jews" in multiple languages.  It is currently kept at the Basilica di Santa Croce in Rome.

Holy Sepulchre

This is the tomb where Jesus was buried and was resurrected.  Today the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is built on the site.

Column of Flagellation (ex loco)

When Pilate ordered Jesus to be scourged, he was lead out to the courtyard, stripped of his garments, and tied to the column of flagellation.  The soldiers then viciously scourged Jesus.  

Holy Stairs (Scala Sancta)

These are the 28 marble stairs tradition teaches us Jesus climbed lead up to the praetorium of Pilate.  Traditionally pilgrims to the site will climb the steps on their knees as a devotion to Our Lord.

Stone of Mount Calvary

Relics of the Blessed Virgin Mary:

Mary Immaculata, Queen and Mother of the Church, Mother of God.  No earthly remains of the Blessed Virgin Mary exist as she was assumed body and soul into Heaven.  Let us never forget the most gracious gift of the rosary.  There are several relics associated with Our Lady. 

Our Lady of Fatima

In 1917 Our Lady appeared over several month to three young children in Fatima, Portugual, Jacinta Marto (Saint), Francisco Marto (Saint), and Lucia dos Santos (Servant of God), near a holm-oak tree.  Our Lady revealed three secrets to the children.  In the second secret she encourage all to pray the rosary and consecrate themselves to her Immaculate Heart. 

 

In addition to the third class relic holy cards, we have a limited number of second class relics containing pieces of clothing worn by Jacinta and Francisco as well as a piece of the holm-oak where Our Lady appeared.  We’ve received a letter from the Office of the Postulator authenticating these relics and permitting their public veneration.  These are only available to parishes or catholic schools where they will be publically displayed.  For more information, please contact us.

Our Lady of Lourdes

In 1858 Our Lady appeared in series apparitions in a grotto near Lourdes, France to young Bernadette Soubirous (Saint).  It was on the 16th appearance, when asked who she was, it was stated, “I am the Immaculate Conception.”  Our Lady of Lourdes is the patron of those with bodily ills, who are sick, and seeking protection from diseases.

 

We are blessed to have a piece rock where Our Lady stood with the inscription: “DE LA GROTTE OÙ LA TRÈS STE. VIERGE A POSÉ SES PIEDS” that was provided by Jean-Marie Laffont, one of the original Guardians of the Grotto who was also a friend of St Bernadette.

Our Lady of Loreto / Holy House of Loreto

Located in Loreto Italy since the end of the 13th century, the Holy House is believed to be the birthplace of Our Lady and where the Archangel Gabriel appeared to her.  Tradition states that it was “angels” who carried the Holy House from Nazareth to Loreto.  As this article discusses, researchers have found documents in the Vatican Archives which show it was the Angeli family who rescued the holy stones from the House of Our Lady during the crusades.  In 2019, Pope Francis added the Feast of Our Lady of Loreto to the Roman Calendar.

 

 

Relics of the Holy Family:

Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary (ex pallio, ex domo)

Saint Joseph was Jesus’ foster father on earth and third member of Holy Family.  He is the patron of the Church, fathers, families, the unborn, workers, and more.

Saint Anne, Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary (ex domo)

Saint Anne is the mother of Our Lady.  The house in which she lived with her husband Saint Joachim, is where the Blessed Virgin is said to have been born.  The Church of Saint Anne in Jerusalem is currently built on this location.  Saint Anne is the patroness of homemakers, grandparents and teachers.

Saint Joachim, Father of the Blessed Virgin Mary (ex domo)

Saint Joachim is the father of Our Lady.  The house in which he lived with his wife Saint Anne, is where the Blessed Virgin is said to have been born.  The Church of Saint Anne in Jerusalem is currently built on this location.  Saint Joachim is the patron of grandparents and fathers.

Relics of the Apostles and Evangelists:

We are bless to have several relics of the Apostles and Evangelists.  One in particular is a multi-reliquary which contains the relics of Saints Peter, Paul, Andrew, James the Great, John, Thomas, James the Less, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Simon, Jude Thaddeus, Matthias, Barnabas, Luke and Mark. 

Saint John the Evangelist, Apostle (ex vestimento)

Saint John is one of the original 12 apostles and attributed author of the Gospel of John and other books in the New Testament.  He is sometimes referred to in the Gospels as the disciple whom Jesus loved and traditional holds was the apostle who took Mary into his home after the resurrection of Jesus until her assumption into Heaven.  Saint John is the patron saint of authors, loyalty, and friendship.

Saint Jude, Apostle (ex ossibus)

Saint Jude is the patron saint of lost and impossible causes.   He was martyred with an axe.  Legend holds that due to his name being similar to the betrayer Judas Iscariot, few venerated him in the early church.  Eager to help those who came to him, he is said to have interceded even in the most hopeless of causes.  Saint Bridget of Sweden is said to have received visions from God asking her to venerate Saint Jude as the patron of the impossible.

Apostles and Evangelists: Saints Peter, Paul, Andrew, James, John, Thomas, James, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Simon, Jude Thaddeus, Matthias, Barnabas, Luke and Mark.
Relics of the Martyrs:
Saint John the Baptist (ex ossibus)
Saint Stephen, the First Martyr (ex ossibus)
Saint Lawrence, Martyr (ex ossibus)
Saint Maria Goretti, Virgin and Martyr (ex ossibus)
Relics of the Saints:
Saint Pope Pius X (ex carne)
Saint Patrick, Bishop of Ireland, Confessor (ex ossibus)
Saint Nicholas of Myra/Bari, Bishop
Saint Anthony of Padua, Doctor of the Church (ex ossibus)
Saint Peregrine Laziosi (ex ossibus, ex veste)
Saint Therese of Lisieux (ex veste)
Saint Francis of Assisi
 
Saint Clare of Assisi, Virgin (ex pulvis sepulcralis)
 
Saint Dominic Savio (ex capsa sepulc)
Saint Faustina Kowalska (Apostle of Divine Mercy)
Saint Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church
Saint Catherine Laboure
Saint Gerald Majella
Saint Philip Neri
Saint Katherine Drexel
Saint Frances X Cabrini
Saint Jacinta and Francisco Marto (ex capsa, clothing)
Saint Bernadette Soubirous (vetements de la Bienheureuse)
Saint John Bosco (ex capsa)
Saint John Neumann (ex ossibus, ex capsa)
Saint Elizabeth Seton (ex carne)
Relics of the Blessed:
Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos
Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

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