[quote="Leon_Bloy, post:4, topic:272231"]
There is something of a subjective element in creating third-class relics. It is not an exact science. It depends in part on your devotion and your intentions. We Catholic Christians (including Orthodox) like to touch and kiss relics. The idea of a third-class relic of any kind is to imbed that "touch" into an object that we can carry away and continue to venerate after having left the actual presence of a holy person or thing.
Does that make sense?
Oh yeah, it makes perfect sense. Why, I remember the first First Class Relic that I encountered, and kissed -a fingerbone of St. Winifride of Wales, encased in crystal. You joined the line, and when it was your turn, the priest thrust the semi-globe forward. (Cyrstal hurts, if you're not prepared for it). And then there was the relic room at the Ladyewell at Fernyhalgh (in Lancashire): I was making an informal pilgrimage there, and volunteers were in the midst of building news cases for the many, many Relics, affixed in lots to wooden wheels (all labeled, all with provenance, and all very, very small. I could have reached out and physically touched the individual Relics, had I been mad enough to try, and been so inclined. It was an amazing experience to be in the presence of such a record of witness to Christ!
And for some reason I am constitutionally incapable from desiring to place a kiss at the feet of any statue of Our Lady (in fact I do it every time I light or douse the candles of the Ladyshrine at the back of my parish church when I acolyte), and kissing is really the only appropriate action for any Icon -its a wonder I haven't worn my Icons clear to the other side of the plaque)