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Posted on 02/21/2015 8:13:37 AM PST by Salvation
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The nails with which Christ was fastened to the Cross, and believed to have been found by St. Helena (255-330). Many claims have been made about these relics. Some parts of these nails are said to be in different places in Europe, but at best they may be only filings of the original relics. St. Ambrose (340-97) indicated that one nail was made into a crown for Constantine (c. 274-337), which might well be preserved as the Iron Crown of Lombardy at Monza. Others are supposed to be at Santa Croce in Rome. A feast honoring the Holy Nails has been kept in certain dioceses on the second Friday in Lent.
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What a treasure! I went to a parish mission, and one night was dedicated to Jesus Crucified. We prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet by candlelight; carried, with each person touching, a life-size wooden Cross and prayed the Way of the Cross together. At the end we choose a large, 8-1/2 inch nail with a message painted on it: mine said, “remember My Love” I keep it next to me. When I’m frightened, or even just praying, i hold it to my heart and just try to imagine as I meditate on Jesus’ passion. I can’t concentrate like I used to, so it is a great reminder to me. So large and heavy...
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