Obscura Society NY: Catholic Relic Tour at Most Holy Redeemer - Atlas Obscura

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Obscura Society NY: Catholic Relic Tour at Most Holy Redeemer

Visit the shrines and relics of one of the East Village's most wondrous hidden gems with an expert on Catholic saints and death rituals.

Join writer and photographer Elizabeth Harper of All the Saints You Should Know on a tour of one of New York's most beautiful and overlooked churches, Most Holy Redeemer. 
With Halloween, All Saints and All Souls day nearing, it's the time of year to remember the dead. This tour of a Victorian Baroque East Village church will examine the unique Catholic relationship to the dead, both saints as well as friends and family known in life. Take this opportunity to see the church's impressive collection of more than 150 relics, the bones and flesh of saints, as well as the first complete remains of the first martyr to come to America-- all the way from the catacombs of Rome. We'll discuss the symbology and history of relics and the shrines devoted to them as well as the church's ornate purgatorial diorama, dedicated to the souls in a liminal place between heaven and earth.
Elizabeth is a writer and independent scholar based in Los Angeles, California. Her areas of interest include Folk Catholicism and Catholic death rituals which she explores on her blog All the Saints You Should Know. She has lectured on the Neapolitan Cult of the Dead as part of the Bishop Walter F. Sullivan Catholic Studies lecture series and is currently preparing a profile on the subject for Virginia Commonwealth University's World Religions and Spirituality Project. Her essays and photos have been published on Atlas Obscura, Slate, and Killing the Buddha. Her blog, All the Saints You Should Know, has been profiled in Los Angeles Magazine and VICE Italia. 
Friday, October 23rd 11am-1pm
at  Most Holy Redeemer Church
173 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10009
(Meet Elizabeth on the steps of the Church at 11am)
$12 for the Relic Tour with Elizabeth Harper
Take the Relic Tour AND attend the Santa Muerte lecture on October 25th for $18.
(Saves you 30%!)
24-hours required for refund.