Rare 17th c. Historical Calendar of the Feasts of the B.V.M. (Daily Posted in 2021)

Feb 12 Our Lady of Argenteuil Priory w/ Christ's Tunic

(Feb) 12. Our Lady of Argenteuil, near Paris, built by Clovis I., A.D. 101. This priory possesses a part of Our Saviour's seamless garment. (Thomas Bosius, l. ix., de Sig. eccl., c. 9.)


Image (click it to enlarge): Picture of the Holy Tunic of Christ worn by Him, after the scourging at the pillar and along the Via Dolorosa to Calvary.


The Holy Tunic of Our Blessed Lord, was found in Palestine in the 4th century by St. Helena - and  kept at Constantinople until the 8th century. In the year 800, Empress Irene, ruler of the Byzantine Empire, presented it to Charlemagne at his coronation as Imperator Romanorum (The Holy Roman Emperor).


Charlemagne eventually entrusted the Holy Tunic’s safe-keeping to his daughter, Theodrada, the Abbess of the Monastery of the Humility of Our Lady of Argenteuil [founded by King Clovis I]. During the Norman invasion, the nuns sealed the tunic behind a wall, where it remained until the middle of the 12th century. King St. Louis venerated the sacred relic, twice, in 1255 and 1260. The Holy Tunic was venerated until the 16th century, when it was partially burned by reprobate Huguenots in 1567.


During the savage French Revolution, the Benedictine priory was destroyed, and the Holy Tunic relic was given to a parish church to protect it from the enemies of the Faith. In 1793, a priest found it necessary to cut it into pieces and bury them in his garden to protect them from being profaned. In 1795, after the priest's imprisonment had ended, the Holy Tunic appeared again and the different fragments were sewn back together. The sacred relic is allowed to be publicly displayed, for veneration by the faithful, every 50 years. (Note: from scientific tests, it was shown that the blood stains found within the Tunic's fibers are type AB, [same] as with the Shroud of Turin, and that the two relics share similar pollens.)


Related Link: Picture of a Nail of the True Cross which Pierced Christ - Found by St. Helena


Source: "Historical Calendar of the Feasts of the Blessed Virgin, With the Foundations and Churches Dedicated to Her", from Abbé Orsini's work, "Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God", Imprimatur 1858 A.D.

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Damariz Darce | Reply 17.02.2021 18:14

Mil gracias! Jesús, María y José salvad almas, salvad a los Consagrados!

The TCW Staff | Reply 13.02.2021 08:22

See a picture of the Holy Tunic of Our Blessed Lord, found in Palestine in the 4th century by St. Helena - that has survived to this day.

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