Relic Sunday

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Relic Sunday ‎(plural Relic Sundays)

  1. (now historical) A Sunday when a church's relics are especially venerated.
    • c. 1541, The Chronicle of Calais, London 1846:
      The 23. of Henry the Seventh, the 9. of July, beinge relyke sonday, there was sene at Calleys an innumerable swarme of whit butterflyes cominge out of the north-este [...].
    • 1877, Richard Watson Dixon, History of the Church of England, vol. II:
      On Relic Sunday, an annual day whereon all the canons, clerks, and singing men were wont to go round the church in procession, every one carrying a relic, Testwood's offences rose very high.