A million expected to see the “Holy Robe” of Jesus in Germany

It’s just gone on display, for the first time in decades:

Over the next four weeks, around a million German Christians will be travelling to Trier to admire the “Heiliger Rock”, or the Holy Robe: one of the most important relics in German Christendom, that Jesus supposedly wore before being crucified. Stephan Ackermann, the Bishop of Trier – Karl Marx’s home city – has decided that the robe will be put on display for the eighteenth time in its history, until 13 May.

According to legend, Helena – the mother of the Roman emperor Constantine – brought the seamless garment to Germany, while the first documentary evidence to mention the relic’s presence in Trier dates back to 1196. Meanwhile, Prüm Abbey has the sandals that belonged to Christ. These, together with the Holy Robe and many other relics venerated by the Catholic world, attracted the scorn of Martin Luther, who referred to them as “junk”.

What is different about this year, is that this time Protestants will also be coming to admire the Holy Robe – which was last displayed in 1996 – even though the evangelical church continues to deny the religious value of the relics. “Join together what is separated”: this is the concept, inspired by ecumenism, that the German Catholic Church has used to invite German Christians to undertake a pilgrimage to Trier.

You can read more about the robe here and here.

  • http://www.canonlaw.info Ed Peters

    “Junk” is surely extreme, but there does not seem to be the same ‘pedigree’ for this material as there is for the Shroud of Turin and the (true) relics of the True Cross…

  • http://simpleme1970.blogspot.com/ Robyn

    I’ve never even heard of this before.. What does the Church say about this? Anyone know?

  • pagansister

    Seriously, how can anyone prove that this is what the claims say it is? Also, someone has sandals that belonged to Christ? How is any of this proved?

  • deacon john

    What does all this STUFF matter? As Thomas demonstrated again in this past Sunday’s gospel,, the believing is so much more important than the seeing!

  • Peter

    What is the purpose of the Church continuing to promote these superstitions? Almost every one of the ancient cathedrals in Europe originally had some “relic” so that it could promote itself as a pilgrimage site, good for church, and good for business. These pilgrimages were often then tied to the sale and purchase of “indulgences”. Of course, all of this was a part of what finally climaxed in the Reformation. I see this type of thing as another instance of the church promoting religiosity at the expense of promoting action through the two Great Commandments, which are so neglectged since their replacement by religiosity and politics wihin the church.

  • http://jscafenette.com Manny

    Oh come now Peter, that last senstence is such an over statement. How are the two great commandments neglected? Nonsense. Are you saying that Catholics don’t love God or that the church doesn’t love God? Are you denying all the Catholic charities? Look it up and see just how much Catholic charities do across the world. Whether you believe the relics to be authentic or not is your choice, but don’t draw any wrong conclusion from it. Your logic is lacking.

  • mahlen

    I agree. Wether the relic is authentic or not what matters is that your faith in the Lord Jesus as the Lord and Savior does not diminish. People will go to the pilgimage or see the relic for different reasons… faith, curiosity, or coincidental with their vacation… But if the experience will draw a person more close to God…why not! Wether real or not…it is time for everyone to have their faith checked, for their salvation secured…for the countdown to one’s eternity begins…eternity in heaven or in hell….


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