Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Bones and Ghosts of St. Bernard's Prep School

 I went to St. Bernard's Abbey and Preparatory school today.  It is a truly beautiful place that is fun to wander and explore. From the strange little grotto in the back to the Gothic buildings that house the dormitories of St. Bernard's School, there is a sense of magic about the place.  According to shadowlands haunted place index, the school is haunted by the ghost of a little boy that watches students while they sleep and a phantom monk that can be seen floating in the mist. I haven't yet found any further evidence to support this write up, but there is a haunting beauty to the place that lends itself to a sense that there may be ghosts waiting behind corners and in shadows.  The church has a reliquary and the bones of the saints fill a glass case in the back lending their spirit to the place.  The tradition of collecting the bones of dead saints has always fascinated me.  In the middle ages, the popularity of relics lead to great pilgrimages and the stories of amazing miracles were attributed to the power of the dead remains of deceased saints.  The little reliquary at St. Bernard's was a beautiful reminder of old traditions and dead saints.  Here are a few pictures of St. Bernard's abbey and its lovely reliquary. 


Little Gothic Horrors said...

What a beautiful building!

Alexandriaweb said...

Wow it's gorgeous!

Justine's Halloween said...

Great architecture! I like that face between the arches. Old churches sometimes have the coolest hidden details like that. I remember once seeing a church with swans hidden in the stonework.

Reliquaries kind of fascinate and creep me out at the same time. It's amazing what was kept of these saints!

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