Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Holy Pieces of Saints pt.321

Tongue of St. Anthony from a traveling display
Various legends surround the death of Anthony. One holds that when he died, the children cried in the streets and that all the bells of the churches rang of their own accord. Another legend regards his tongue. Anthony is buried in a chapel within the large basilica built to honor him, where his tongue is displayed for veneration in a large reliquary. For, when his body was exhumed thirty years after his death, it was claimed that the tongue glistened and looked as if it was still alive and moist; apparently a further claim was made that this was a sign of his gift of preaching.
That was almost NSFW commentary, wiki. Or maybe that's just my issue...

In essence, folks, St. Anthony's tongue is perhaps the world's second most sacred tongue from an ancient yet fairly well preserved human source: