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E06348: A letter of Pope Gregory the Great (Register 4.8) of 593, to Januarius, bishop of Cagliari in Sardinia, asks him to ensure that some relics are placed in a monastery in Cagliari with due veneration. Written in Latin in Rome.

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Pope Gregory the Great, Register of Letters 4.8


Gregory details to Januarius how Theodosia, a nun, desired to carry out her deceased husband’s wishes and establish a monastery. Gregory provides various instructions on how this ought to be completed, and concludes:

Reliquiae uero, quas ibidem postulat collocandas, uolumus ut a fraternitate tua sub debita ueneratione condantur.

‘We want the relics, however, which she asks to be gathered in that house, to be placed there by your Fraternity, with the veneration they deserve.’


Text: Norberg 1982, vol.1, 224. Translation: Martyn 2004, vol. 1, 292.

History

Evidence ID

E06348

Saint Name

Saints, unnamed : S00518

Type of Evidence

Literary - Letters

Language

Latin

Evidence not before

593

Evidence not after

593

Activity not before

593

Activity not after

593

Place of Evidence - Region

Rome and region

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Rome

Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)

Rome Rome Rome Roma Ῥώμη Rhōmē

Major author/Major anonymous work

Gregory the Great (pope)

Cult activities - Liturgical Activity

  • Ceremony of dedication

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - monastic

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Bequests, donations, gifts and offerings

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Women Ecclesiastics - monks/nuns/hermits

Cult Activities - Relics

Unspecified relic

Source

A letter transmitted as part of Gregory the Great’s Register of Letters. This letter collection, organised into fourteen books, is large and contains letters to a variety of recipients, including prominent aristocrats, members of the clergy and royalty. The issues touched on in the letters are equally varied, ranging from theological considerations to mundane administrative matters. This collection of letters, which was possibly curated by Gregory, was originally much larger. The surviving Register comprises several groups of letters which were extracted at several later moments in history, the largest of which took place in the papacy of Hadrian I (772-795).

Bibliography

Edition: Norberg, D., S. Gregorii Magni, Registrum epistularum. 2 vols. (Corpus Christianorum Series Latina 140-140A; Turnhout: Brepols, 1982). English translation: Martyn, J.R.C., The Letters of Gregory the Great, 3 vols. (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2004). Further Reading: Dal Santo, M., Debating the Saints' Cult in the Age of Gregory the Great (Oxford: OUP, 2012). McCulloch, J., "The Cult of Relics in the Letters and Dialogues of Gregory the Great," Traditio 32 (1976), 145-184. Neil, B., and Dal Santo, M. (eds.), A Companion to Gregory the Great (Leiden: Brill, 2013).

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