Germany: The Holy Tunic venerated in the Cathedral of Trier

Source: FSSPX News

On April 13, 2012, in the Cathedral of Trier (Germany), Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops presided on behalf of the Pope over the opening ceremony of the Jubilee Pilgrimage (April 13 to May 13, 2012) , to mark the fifth centenary of the first public display of the Holy Tunic.

The Holy Tunic is the seamless robe, woven by the Virgin Mary, worn by Jesus Christ at Calvary and won at lots by the Roman soldiers after the crucifixion (cf. John 19: 23-24).

In A.D. 330 the relic was brought to Bishop St. Agricius of Trier by St. Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine. She herself found the tunic in Jerusalem during the same trip when she found the Cross of Christ. Official documents certify the presence of the Holy Tunic of Trier in the cathedral in 1196, the date when it was fitted into one of the altars.

Its last exposition was held in 1996 and brought in 700,000 pilgrims. The tunic of red-brown cloth, preserved away from view and from light in a wooden case, is presented periodically to the faithful in a glass chest. This year 2012 marks the 500th anniversary of the first exposition in 1512, which was held at the request of Emperor Maximilian I of Habsburg, during his visit to Trier. (Sources: Apic / kna / VIS - DICI No. 253 of 20/04/12)

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