This section contains information in English on the on-going project Touching, Tasting, Hearing, Seeing and Smelling. Sensory Experiences in the Feasts of St Thomas Aquinas and the project The Restless Corpse which forms the background for all activity of the site Ossa gloriosa.
To grasp the athmosphare, here is a taster from the antiphon O quam felix mater Italia recorded at the first rehersal of Vox Silentii.
This is the first antiphon for the Vesper of Thomas Aquinas’s translation. It commemorates the transportation of Thomas’s remains, his relics, from Italy to France in 1369. The feast is annually celebrated on 28 January, still today.
The other medieval feast day of Aquinas, his dies natalis, was celebrated with great solemnity on 7 March. The ambiance of the eve of dies natalis, as it can be grasped from the medieval sources, is shortly described in a blog post The eve of Thomas Aquinas’s feast.
The cover image: the detail from the reliquary for Thomas’s relics, made by J. Faver in 1877, at the Dominican church of Toulouse.