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The relics of the saints are venerated because in Orthodox belief the body remains temple of the Holy Spirit even after death. St. Cyril of Jerusalem writes:

"Though the soul is not present a power resides in the bodies of the saints because of the righteous soul which has for so many years dwelt in it, or used it as its minister."

God also performs miracles through the holy relics of saints, in this way revealing His glory and glorifying His saints in whom He is pleased. One example is the relics of Saint Nektarios which emited a sweet smelling sweat after he had passed away and never showed any signs of decay until 20 years after his death.

Articles on Relics

Articles available online

Books and Studies

Pictures of Relics

See also