Classes of Relics
1st Class Relic: a part of the Saint (bone, hair, etc.) and the instruments of Christ's passion. Below are some Relic Descriptions in Latin.
ex ossibus - from the bone
ex carne - from the flesh
ex corpore - from the body
ex praecordis - from the stomach or intestine
ex cineribus - from the ashes
ex tela imbuta sanguine - from the cloth imbued with the blood
ex tela imbuta cineribus - from the cloth imbued with the ashes.
Ex Lignum Crucis D.N.J.C. - from the Wood of the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ
2nd Class Relic: something owned by the Saint or instruments of torture used against a martyr. Below are some Relic Descriptions in Latin.
ex pallio - from the cloak
ex velo -from the veil
ex habitu - from the habit
ex indumentis - from the cloth
ex arca sepulerali - from the coffin
ex veste - from the vestment
ex linteo attacto ossibus - from the cloth that touched the bones
3rd Class Relic: something that has been touched to a 1st or 2nd Class Relic. You can make your own 3rd Class relics by touching an object to a 1st or 2nd Class Relic, including the tomb of a Saint.
List of Relics in the Exposition
* - Sealed and Documented (with Letter/Certificate of Authenticity)
** - Sealed in Prayer Card/Medal and documented (with Letter/Certificate of Authenticity)
*** - Sealed in Prayer Card/Medal but undocumented
Prayer for the Safeguard of Relics
_Protect O Lord Holy Father,
your Holy Servants from those who will desecrate their name and remains.
Guard the sanctity of their earthly remains for it is holy.
Banish the evil intentions of those who desire to have them in possession.
May the prayers of the Saints in Glory whom we venerate,
propagate and safeguard, with all the angels in heaven,
help those who serve the church in their cause.
We ask this through Jesus Christ Your Son,
who lives and reigns with you, in unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever.
Br. Dave Ceasar Dela Cruz
Rev. Fr. Genaro O. Diwa, SLL
Commissioner, Commission on Liturgy
+ Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales
Archbishop of Manila
March 27, 2011