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Relics of Our Lord's Passion

For All The Saints can also provide relics of Our Lord's Passion for a special veneration on special feast days, such as Good Friday or the feast of the Exaultation of the Holy Cross, September 14th.

The True Cross of Our Lord

When St. Helena located the cross of Our Lord in the year 328 she sent part of it to her son, Constantine the Great, in Constantinople, another piece was sent to Rome and a third part remained in Jerusalem. From these pieces relics have been distributed world-wide.

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Piece of the purple robe
Crown of Thorns relic
The Purple Robe

This reliquary contains a sizable fragment of the purple robe that Our Lord was forced to wear by the Roman soldiers who were mocking his kingship.
Crown of Thorns

This reliquary contains a tiny fragment fragment of the actual crown of thorns placed on Our Lord's head during His Passion.

Veronica's Veil

Replica of a Crucifixion Nail
Crucifixion Nail
These nails were produced many years ago by the
monks at the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Rome.
These reproductions are said to have been touched
to an authentic nail from Our Lord's Passion that is
held at the Basilica.
Veronica's Veil

The "Veil of Veronica" or "Holy Face", preserved in Rome since the time of Emperor Tiberius (1st Century) and venerated since the 8th Century in St. Peter's Basilica. According to the legend, Veronica was a pious woman from Jerusalem who encountered Christ on His way to Calvary and, full of compassion, used her veil to clean His face from sweat and blood. When she took it back, His Most Holy Face appeared miraculously on the cloth! Next to the Turin Shroud, the "Veronica" is another image of Christ "not created by human hands", inspiring Christian iconography until today. Veronica's encounter became a regular station on the Way of the Cross, and even today, once a year, pilgrims receive a blessing with the most holy relic in St. Peter's on Passion Sunday. It is kept in a special chapel in one of the four main pillars of St. Peter. In the 19th century, the veneration of the Holy Face was propagated by St. Pope Pius IX and, among others, St. Therese de Lisieux, who took the name "Theresia of the Infant Jesus and the Holy Face". This was caused by a miracle. During the revolution of 1849, when the Pope had to flee to Gaeto, St. Pius IX ordered the Holy Veil to be publicly exposed between the feasts of Christmas and Epiphany. On the 3rd day of the exposition, the face of Our Lord on the cloth became clearly visible and appeared to be alive, surrounded by a soft light. The Canons of St. Peter immediately rung the bells, and crowds of people came to watch the 3 hours long manifestation. One of the canons was ordered to draw the face as it appears during the miracle and the Pope later ordered an improved version of this drawing to be printed on linen cloths, which, after being touched to the original relic (and therefore becoming 3rd class relics) were distributed among the faithful. This custom was continued for over 50 years.

The framed cloth relic of this ministry was produced during the pontificate of Pope Leo XIII and has an authentication document from the St. Peter's Basilica in Rome dated 1886.

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