This box will include relics from the saints <link http: www.katolsk.no biografier historisk perpetua external-link-new-window external link in new>St. Felicitas/St. Perpetua, <link http: www.katolsk.no biografier historisk dominikus external-link-new-window external link in new>St. Dominique/<link http: www.katolsk.no biografier historisk taquinas external-link-new-window external link in new>St. Thomas Aquinas (paired), and our own venerable (on the first "step" towards sanctifying) Karl Schiller. All these in addition to the Olav relic which is being kept in our present altar.
The last day before the inauguration, the box will be standing on a decorated table in the sacristy.
The word "relic" comes from Latin reliquiae (=rests) and is literally "rests" of saints. Traditionally, there are three sorts of relics:
1) a saint's body, or a part of it, i.e. a bone or a finger,
2) clothes a saint has been wearing during his/her lifetime, his/her shroud or objects he/she has been using, or
3) anything that has touched a relic of group 1).
Paulino de Nola (354-431) writes that "honouring the saints and pray for their intercession has nothing to do nonesoever with the pagan esteem for different gods. The source of mercy in all saints is one - the only living Christ. The same spirit works in all those who are born in Christ, and similarly it works the same grace in all saints".
In the same period, Hieronymus (ca 342-420) writes that the veneration of the relics are directed toward Jesus: "We honour the martyr's relics to worship Him who they are martyrs for. We honour the servants, because the honour we show them, will flow over to their Lord".
Honouring the relics (or saints or icons) is usually called "veneration" (Latin: veneror=showing awe or esteem). This veneration has nothing to do with adoration, because adoration is reserved for God. And the relics in themselves are esteemed only because of their relation they have to holy persons (cultus reativus personæ). In other words; it is only regarding the respect we owe the holy who by their lives and by their body served God, were the temples of the Holy Spirit or tools who have been part in the gloryfied resurrection of our Lord.
(Source: <link http: www.katolsk.no tro tema helgener artikler relikvier_peo>www.katolsk.no/tro/tema/helgener/artikler/relikvier_peo (in Norwegian only) where you also can read more about Catholic relics)