Today is the feast day of St. Anthony of Padua.
On our pilgrimage in October of 2012, Bunny, Sedric, and I made a quick stop in Padua on our way to Rome. Here are pictures of the Basilica:
|not my picture :o)|
|It is tradition to buy a candle and offer it at the|
tomb. Fr. Peter bought this for the whole group.
|not my picture|
One of the most striking things about this visit was the Reliquary. There were SO many relics! It felt a bit odd--and awesome--to see the actual pieces of saints: a tongue, lungs, skin, bones, etc.
|This is his tongue.|
(not my picture)
(This link has a very good "tour" of the
church, and an explanation of the relics.)
Saint Anthony of Padua died in 1231 and in 1263 when his body was transferred to a new Basilica, his body was found to have disintegrated except for his tongue and vocal cords, both of which are now on display in reliquaries in the Basilica of Saint Anthony. (source)
|Beautiful, simple courtyards.|
|Fr. Peter said Mass in a chapel right outside the main church.|