RDCA II, 61: Depositing of the Relics

If there are relics to be deposited, this is done after the Litany of Saints.

61. Then, if relics of the martyrs or other saints are to be placed beneath the altar, the bishop approaches the altar. A deacon or priest brings them to the bishop, who places them is a suitably prepared aperture. Meanwhile, one of the following antiphons is sung with Psalm 15:

Saints of God, you have been seated at the foot of God’s altar; pray for us to the Lord Jesus Christ.


The bodies of the saints are buried in peace, but their names will live for ever (alleluia).

Another appropriate liturgical song may be sung.

Meanwhile, a stone mason closes the aperture and the bishop returns to the chair.

The text of Psalm 15 is given in the 2003 ICEL draft (as are all the psalms).


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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One Response to RDCA II, 61: Depositing of the Relics

  1. There seems to be a lot of flexibility as to where the relics of the saints are placed. The only point is they are no longer to be placed in the mensa of the altar. This is a great example of how the liturgical texts both inform and reinforce the liturgical practices. Especially something like the placing of the relics in the altar, which is such a foreign concept to our modern mind,

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