After more than four years of planning and coordination with officials in Italy and at the Vatican, the Diocese of St. Augustine has acquired a first-class relic of the Diocese of St. Augustine patron saint, Augustine of Hippo. It is on loan to the diocese for the 450th Anniversary celebration of the City of St. Augustine and the founding of America’s first Catholic Parish. The official ceremony welcoming the relic of Saint Augustine is Solemn Vespers on Tuesday, July 7, at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Augustine, 38 Cathedral Place in St. Augustine.
The relic itself is a finger of Saint Augustine, which dates back to 430 A.D., and is encased in a reliquary (a container for holy relics) in the form of a crucifix made of silver and adorned with precious stones. The reliquary dates back to 1904 with the name of Pope Pius X inscribed on it. The relic of Saint Augustine is part of the Vatican Treasury and this is the first time the relic has ever left Italy.
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