Feast of the Holy Relics
(pro aliquibus locis)
Many dioceses - including the major ones in England - keep a feast today of all the Holy Relics, which are preserved in the churches of the diocese. This is kept as a feast with the rank of Greater Double.
From the very beginnings of Christianity the faithful have venerated the mortal remains of those who had led a holy life or suffered martyrdom. They were buried with great honour, and Mass was said over their tombs. This practice is easily understood when it is remembered that their bodies were temples of the Holy Ghost, and that they will rise to a glorious and eternal life at the last day.
Multae tribulatiónes justórum, et de his ómnibus liberávit eos Dóminus: Dóminus custodit ómnia ossa eórum: unum ex his non conterétur. * Benedícam Dóminum in omni témpore: semper laus ejus in ore meo.
Many are the tribulations of the just, and out of them all did the Lord deliver them: the Lord keepeth all their bones: not one of them all shall be broken. * I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall be always in my mouth.
(Psalm 33:20-21,2 from the Introit of Mass)
Auge in nobis, Dómine, resurrectiónis fidem, qui in Sanctórum tuórum Relíquiis mirabília operáris: et fac nos immortális glóriae partícipes; cujus in eórum cinéribus pígnora venerámur.
Increase within us faith in the Resurrection, O Lord, who workest marvels in the relics of Thy saints; and let us share in that everlasting glory, the pledge of which we honour in their remains.
Catholic Encyclopaedia on Relics: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12734a.htm