St. Norbert and Devotion to the Holy Relics of the Saints
“You must have a great veneration for the relics of the Saints, for they are more precious than all the treasures of the world. Should you possess any in your house, consider them as the guardians of your home and your heart.” – St. Norbert
Our Holy Father Norbert was most assiduous in his devotion to the relics of the saints. When he began the community at Prémontré his first concern was to secure relics of the saints for the church he was building. To this end he journied to Cologne and through Divine intervention rediscovered the relics of many saints which had previously been hidden.
In the Premonstratensian missal we find the feast of the two Ewalds (October 3rd) and the martyr Gereon (October 10th); the saints of Cologne whose relics were miraculously discovered by Our Holy Father Norbert. So too the feast of All the Holy Relics was kept on November 14th. Our houses still posses many precious relics of the saints, particularly venerating the relics of the saints and beati of the Order. The relics of St. Norbert himself were the cause of many conversions during his translation from Magdeburg to Strahov and his shrine is still beloved of a great multitude of the faithful.
Let us pray then, that through the intercession of St. Norbert, we may all foster and promote devotion to the holy relics of the saints, which, next to the Blessed Sacrament are the closest things we have to Heaven on this earth. May the whole communion of saints assist us by their prayers that we too may one day win the crown of eternal life.
V) Pray for us, O Holy Father Norbert,
R) That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray,
Awake O Lord, in Thy Church the Spirit by Whom St. Norbert, Thy Confessor and Bishop, was guided in order that, filled with the same Spirit, we may love what he loved, and live as he taught us. Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.