For Christmas I received second class relics of St. Padre Pio and St. Bernadette.

Can someone explain to me how to use these? I also have another one, but have never been sure if I just keep them or if there are prayers etc. that I can say.

Thanks for any help.

Yours in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary


2nd class? They are personal possessions of them? If so, you can pray with them or touch prayer cards, perhaps of those saints to them (which makes those 3rd class relics). I don’t think there are any firm rules for praying with relics, other than making sure when you pray to saints, you ask for their intercession (i.e. you don’t pray to them as an end as you would to God). I would also take great care to preserve them.

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