As part of the annual celebration of the Feast of St. Margaret, the college community has had the chance today to venerate a relic of our secondary patron.
The Scots College in Rome has had possession of a relic of St. Margaret since it was transferred from the Scots College at Douai, France in the late 1600’s. Margaret, now known as patroness of dozens of schools and parishes in Scotland, is also the secondary patron of her adopted country and the crypt chapel here at the college in Rome is dedicated to her memory.
Today, as the community marks the anniversary of her death in 1093, the Students, Staff and Sisters of the college have been able to spend some time in prayer before the relic, placed on the St. Margaret altar in the college crypt. Originally the high altar of the crypt, the changes of Vatican II meant that the altar, and the impressive altar piece mounted behind, now keep a constant watch over the chapel. The altar piece shows Margaret in prayer before a Celtic cross surrounded by spear heads, symbolising the hostility she faced in her acts of kindness.
St. Margaret of Scotland, Pray for us.