This was news to me: Jesus' grandmother, the woman who gave birth to Mary, was named Anne. She is a saint. And in Quebec there is a huge and beautiful shrine in her honor known as Sainte-Anne de-Beaupre' Sanctuaire. The topic of this old postcard, La Grande Relique, or Major Relic, is one of three "relics" of Saint Anne at the shrine. This description is from the shrine website:
THE SHRINE HAS IN ITS POSSESSION THREE NOTABLE RELICS OF SAINT ANNE
The FIRST RELIC (a portion of the bone of Saint Anne's finger) was obtained by the Carcassonne Chapter, and was brought to the Shrine on March 12, 1670 by Bishop François de Laval.
The first MAJOR RELIC arrived at the Shrine on July 26, 1892, as a gift from Pope Leo XIII. It is a 4-inch portion of the bone of Saint Anne's forearm. It was obtained from the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, and was brought from Rome to Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré by Bishop Joseph-Calixte Canac-Marquis (1821-1904).
Finally, on July 3, 1960, another MAJOR RELIC of Saint Anne (also from her forearm) was brought to the Shrine from St. Paul Outside the Walls, this time as a gift from Blessed Pope John XXIII.
I'm not Catholic, it's been a long week, and I am at a loss for additional words to add here. Therefore, I present to you the Silent Monks singing Halleluia* . . .
Description at youtube: Creative high schools students give a great rendition of Halleluia!
* With thanks to Darlene at Darlene's Hodgepodge for sharing this video over the holidays. It got me through.......