At the sides of the high altar of the Church consecrated to the Patron Saint of Tasso's hometown two pictures full of relics are on show.
The Basilica of St. Antonino is one of the churches Sorrento people love most not only because a seat preferred by those who dedicate particular devotions to the Patron Saint of Tasso’s hometown (who is right St. Antonino), but also because considered an ideal casket full of treasures of great meaning for popular religiosity.
Among these there are also the two “pictures” full of relics of saints which are located at the sides of the high altar.
According to some oral traditions, these reliquaries, in the past, were located inside the Cathedral Church and were probably moved to the Basilica consecrated to the Saint Protector of Sorrento when Monsignor Paolo Suardo was the Archbishop of the town (between 1659 and 1679).
Among the mortal remains of the saints present in this church, in the picture right to the high altar there are some remains of St. Zoa, St. Valentine, St. Candida, St. Martina, St. Sinesio, St. Sallustia, St Massimo, St. Giustino, St. Theodor, St. Epifanio, St. Patrick, St. Victoria, St. Felicola, St. Calepodio, St. Artimio, St. Claudia, St. Bacolo.
In the picture to the left of the same altar, instead, there are the remains of St. Muciano, St. Macaria, St. Servilliano, St. Artimio, St. Mario, St. Placido, St. Talo, St. Valeriano, St. Patrick, St. Eusebia, St. Vitale, St. Sallustia, St. Genziano, St. Theodor, St. Massimiliano, St. Claudia, St. Pancrazio, St. Valente, St. Fruttuoso and St. Lucidio.
The presence of such an amount of relics, especially in the past, had not only the aim, making them tangible, to testify the power of celestial protections on which the town could trust, but it also transformed it into a destination of pilgrimages.
As years passed, and with the rising of new devotions, some Saints (whose remains are kept in the Basilica of St. Antonino) have lost part of their fame linked to their names, but the two pictures are, still today, involved in lively demonstrations of religious devotion.
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Firmato - 05/01/2019