A rare relic of Christ's blood in Hronský Beňadik Cover Image

Vzácna relikvia Kristovej Krvi v Hronskom Beňadiku
A rare relic of Christ's blood in Hronský Beňadik

Author(s): Ivan Kiko
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, History of Church(es), Theology and Religion, Pastoral Theology
Published by: VERBUM - vydavateľstvo Katolíckej univerzity v Ružomberku
Keywords: an ancient relic; Christ's Blood; monastery; blessing; donation

Summary/Abstract: An ancient relic of Christ's Blood has been preserved in Slovakia for more than 500 years. The presence of the relic of Christ's Blood in Slovakia is recorded and confirmed in documents, which notes the restoration and consecration of the monastery church in Sv. Beňadik in 1483. The archival material confirms that King Matej Korvín donated to the Abbey of St. Benedict a rare relic of Christ's Blood on July 11, 1483. Since then, except for the period when the relic was moved to safer places for shorter periods due to Turkish occupation, it is historically documented that it has not left the monastery. In a specially adapted chapel of the abbots of the monastery, which was consecrated by the Bishop of Nitra, Gregor II in 1489, the relic of Christ's Blood in the pastophoria is preserved to this day. The centuries-old tradition of blessing with the relics continued in 2020 and 2021 at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, when the Vicar General of the Diocese of Nitra and the Rector of the Basilica of St. Benedikta, Mons. Peter Brodek repeated the apology ceremony after more than 200 years.

  • Issue Year: 10/2021
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 80-89
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Slovak