Sacred Relics at COTT
The Catholic Church is rich in tradition and history since its birth at the very first Pentecost more than 2000 years ago. Many saints and martyrs have given witnessed to the gospel and sacrificed their lives since then. A relic is a piece of the body of a saint, an item owned or used by the saint, or an object which has been touched to the tomb of a saint.
The Church considers sacred relics to be important and significant in the life of the Church. The veneration of sacred relics started as early as 155 A.D and is a profession of belief in several doctrines of the Catholic faith including the truth of everlasting life for those who have lived and died for Christ, and our communion with the saints as members of the Church.
The Church of the Transfiguration in Singapore has two direct connections to the actual episode of the Transfiguration of Jesus in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke.
Relic of St Peter
The first is the sacred relic of St Peter who was one of the three disciples who witnessed the Transfiguration scene. It was the same Peter who later became the first Pope of the Roman Catholic Church.
This first-class relic, believed to be a bone fragment of St Peter, was obtained from the Holy See of the Basilica of St Peter in Rome. This was discovered in the 1950s and displayed publicly at the Vatican for the first time in 2012.
The Transfiguration Stone
The scene of the transfiguration is on Mount Tabor, a hill above the Jezreel Valley in lower Galilee. Early Christians used to go up this mountain to worship.
During his official visit to the Holy Land, Father Joachim acquired 4 stones from the original Church of the Transfiguration that was built on Mount Tabor. One of these stones is embedded in the basement of COTT exactly below the altar of the church. The other three stones are on display at….
These are two unique features that connect COTT to the original Church of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor.
Other Holy Relics
There are two other sacred relics of Saints of the Holy Land :
St Cherbol – an 18 Century saint, who has been associated with many miracles, including recently healing of blindness and restoration of sight of a blind girl in USA when the relics were displayed.
St Miriam from Palestine – the latest saint canonized by Pope Francis.