A relic of St Anthony of Padua, one of the most revered saints of the Church, is coming to Britain between 26th October and 3rd November. The relics will be travelling around the globe to mark the 750th anniversary of their discovery in 1263 by St Bonaventure.
Though the details of the various locations where the relics will be venerated are not yet known we do know that they will be coming to Scotland at some point.
For those who do not know what a relic is; essentially, it is an object, most likely a part of the body or clothing, belonging to a saint which is kept as a memorial after their death. As Catholic, we are invited to venerate relics; that is, to show them deep respect, and to perhaps ask for the intercession of the saint to take our prayers to the Father.
Perhaps St Anthony's most famous relic is his tongue which remains incorrupt to this day, even though he died in 1231. When his remains were discovered in 1263 it is said that his body was reduced to bones and dust while his tongue remained completely 'life-like'. This, however, is said to be too fragile to travel and remains in the basilica dedicated to him in Padua. Some believe this incorruptible nature, a sign from God, is down to St Anthony's willingness and determination to preach the Word of God to all.