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The Dominican Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus

Relics

A Relic is something connected to a saint or blessed.  They are holy reminders of our connection to our sisters and brothers in heaven.

A relic could be a part of the saint’s body, like hair or bone fragments, or something the saint touched or used.  We distinguish three types of relics.

  • 1st Class Relic – A part of the saint’s body.
  • 2nd Class Relic – An article touched by the person or touch directly to part of his or her body.
  • 3rd Class Relic – Something touched indirectly to the person by means of a 1st or 2nd class relic or to their tomb.