Saturday, December 12, 2015

Holy Tunic of Argenteuil

Believed to be the garment that Jesus Christ wore on the cross, The Holy Tunic of Argenteuil will be on display at the Basilica Saint-Denys d'Argenteuil March 25 - April 10, 2016 in honor of the Year of Mercy that was declared by Pope Francis.

The tunic is usually displayed only once in every 50 years and has been kept in Argenteuil since around 800 A.D.

The garment was suppose to be seamless but during the French Revolution, a monk who hoped to keep the garment from falling into the hands of the revolutionaries, cut it into pieces, giving away some and burying some. Some pieces have never been recovered.

The basilica is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday mass is held at 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

For those interested, there is another tunic claimed to be the tunic worn by Christ. It is the Holy Tunic of Trier, and kept in the Cathedral of Trier in Germany.

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