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relic

1. RC Church Eastern Church part of the body of a saint or something supposedly used by or associated with a saint, venerated as holy
2. Ecology a less common term for relict (sense 1)

relic

[′rel·ik]
(geology)
A landform that remains intact after decay or disintegration or that remains after the disappearance of the major portion of its substance.
A vestige of a particle in a sedimentary rock, such as a trace of a fossil fragment.
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But it is described almost exclusively as a holy relic, as "storehouse of Passion memories for Christians visualizing that event at home" (114); in other words, this image of Jerusalem provides an aid for devotional meditation while still replicating the pilgrim guidebooks' take on the terrestrial city.
35) While this image mingles Henry's person with that of his nobles, the play makes it clear that Henry is the principal saint being commemorated: Henry imagines his body, like that of the medieval saint, being dismembered and dispersed as holy relics.
STORY: Residents of Srinagar, summer capital of India's strife-torn Jammu and Kashmir state took to city streets on Wednesday (March 13) protesting against a Hindu hardliner's statement staking claim to a holy relic preserved in a city mosque.
In his 1973 book Spear of Destiny, author Trevor Ravenscroft says that Adolf Hitler was obsessed with the lance, and even started the Second World War in order to capture the holy relic.
Thousands of men and women remained awake through Monday night and prayed continuously until morning when the Prophet's holy relic housed in the shrine was displayed.
His life is commemorated at the Holy Cross Church in Gellilydan, while a finger said to be one of his is kept as a holy relic at the Church of Mary Magdalen in Blaenau Ffestiniog.
I ask, almost as if I am about to touch a holy relic, and Robert explains that 'yes, but don't drop it on the floor
Every item associated with the very first Easter, when Christ was crucified, has become a holy relic.
By 1538 the story was circulating that the monks at Hailes periodically topped up the holy relic with the blood of a duck, a sure sign that the local people were being prepared for the relic's removal.
Don Mullan said he heard many stories from physical, mental and emotionally disabled people who say they were cured by the holy relic on its recent Irish tour.
In Archer's grave, researchers found what seems to be a Catholic reliquary, a container for holy relics, which suggests that Archer or those who buried him may have been secret Catholics in an Anglican colony.
Moritz Woelk takes us back in time to a period a thousand years ago, when simple folk reverenced what they called Christmastide - that holy season of the year, when the Christ child was a living entity in tiny country churches and princely cathedrals throughout Europe, where the holy relics of the Magi, the Three Kings, were displayed to awe-inspired congregations who fell to their knees in adoration.