Relics of St. Thomas Aquinas Carried in Procession for the 750th Anniversary of His Death

Relics of St. Thomas Aquinas Carried in Procession for the 750th Anniversary of His Death

PRIVERNO, Gtpministries.org – On the 750th anniversary of the death of St. Thomas Aquinas, skull revered as a relic of St. Thomas Aquinas is carried in a solemn procession through the cobbled streets of the southern Italian city of Priverno. Bishop Preverino, Msgr. Mariano Crociata led a procession in honor of the medieval philosopher and theologian. St. Thomas Aquinas is considered one of the greatest thinkers in Western civilization who died near Fossanova Monastery on March 7, 1274.

Relics of St. Thomas Aquinas has been venerated in Priverno Cathedral since the 12th century. Previously, the relics of St. Thomas Aquinas was discovered on an altar near the Fossanova Monastery in 1585. There are documents indicating that the reliquary remains of part of the head of St. Thomas Aquinas. Thomas Aquinas originally belonged to “Doctor Angelicus”.

Head Priest of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Annuziata Priverno, Father Alessandro Trani said in the City of Preverino, St. Thomas Aquinas is considered its patron.

“Here St. Thomas spent the last days of his life,” Father Trani told CNA.

“[Aquinas] stayed with his cousin in the Castle of Maenza, and from there he asked to be taken to the Abbey of Fossanova, where he ended his earthly pilgrimage.”

Aquinas died at the age of 48 in a monastery located about halfway between Naples and Rome after falling ill while on his way to attend the Council of Lyons. Three months before his death, Aquinas experienced a profound revelation while offering Mass. At that time, he had almost completed his most important work, the Summa Theologiae or “Summary of Theology.”

After experiencing this revelation, St. Thomas Aquinas told his secretary Father Reginald of Priverno: “The end of my work has come. All that I had written seemed mere straw after the things that had been revealed to me,” and he never wrote again.

Relics of St. Thomas Aquinas was kept at the Fossanova Monastery until 1369 when his relics were moved to Toulouse, France, where the Order of Preachers was founded and Aquinas’ tomb can be venerated today in the Jacobin Church.

The reliquary in Priverno is one of two skulls currently claimed by Church officials to be those of St. Thomas Aquinas. The Dominicans in Toulouse recently commissioned a new relic of St. John’s skull. Thomas Aquinas, who has toured France and abroad.

The procession and celebration of Aquinas in Priverno is part of the biennial celebration of the jubilee of St. Thomas Aquinas by the Order of Preachers. During the jubilee year, Catholics can obtain a plenary indulgence by making a pilgrimage to a holy site associated with the Dominican Order.

The double jubilee year of the Dominican Order will end after the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas on January 28, 2025, the 800th anniversary of Aquinas’ birth. Aquinas was born in 1225 in the Italian city of Roccasecca, about 75 miles southeast of Rome, which at that time was part of the Kingdom of Sicily.

Mgr. Crociata led the procession in Priverno after the Mass in honor of St. Thomas Aquinas in a packed cathedral.

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