Relics of the Martyrs

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Relics of the Martyrs, i.e., objects or portions of ob­jects left by the martyrs, portions of their bodies, or articles connected with their death. In the Catholic Church there is a certain superstitious veneration of these objects on the assumption that they pos­sessed miraculous powers of grace and benefit. There is no such veneration among the Mennonites. It is merely a matter of the loyal appreciation of several objects pertaining to their martyrs. So far as we know, there are three such objects: a fragment of a tablecloth owned by Thomas von Imbroich, the pear of Maeyken Boosers, and the tongue screw used on Hans Bret. The first two are kept in the archives of the Mennonite Church of Amsterdam, and were shown to visitors at the Men­nonite World Conference held 29 June – 3 July 1936. The tongue screw is in the possession of the de Hoop Scheffer family. A thorough investigation of the authenticity and history of these relics was made by Samuel Cramer.


Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1898): 107 ff.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 53.

Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1959

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