Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Relics of Saints Simon and Jude

The relics of these two saints can be found at St. Peter's Basilica, underneath the altar at the center of the left transept of the Basilica.  The relics were placed here in 1605.  A large photograph (too large to directly display here) can be found by clicking HERE.

A few other trivia factoids about that altar:
  • The mosaic above the altar is St. Joseph, and was placed there in 1963, and depicts St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church.
  • The round medallions on either side of the altar are depictions of Sts. Simon and Jude.
  • The two maroon colored porphyry columns on the altar were part of the main altar in the original St. Peter's Basilica.
  • This altar is one of the few places in the Basilica that one can attend a daily Mass.

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