The Tomb
of the Blessed Virgin Mary & Saint Joseph

That the Virgin Mary had been taken bodily into Heaven meant—like Christ—she enjoyed a unique status: her relics were necessarily limited. Items such as her tunic—claimed by Chartres in France—were held in particularly high regard.

The Virgin’s tomb—although there was some debate over its exact location—was her last point of contact with this world, and so relics connected with it were important. The significance of Joseph expanded in the later Middle Ages but evidence for his cult exists from the 8th century.

Multiple feast days are celebrated for the Virgin in the calendars of many Christian denominations. Dates were adjusted for some feasts in the Roman calendar in 1969. The Assumption (15 August) was removed from the Church of England calendar in 1549 but other feasts retained.

Certificate of Authentication

Relics from the Cathedral Collection...