Reliquaries of St Stanislaus

The ring of St Stanislaus

The ring of St Stanislaus (Wawel Cathedral treasury).Internal diameter 4.5 – 4.6 cm. A fine goldwork artefact which was probably manufactured in Cracow in the first half of the 13th century, nearly a century and a half after the death of Bishop Stanislaus with whom it was associated in the centuries that followed. Originally, the bishop wore a pontifical ring on a thick glove which explains its unusually large size. It is traditionally believed to work miracles, in particular healing head illnesses. It was once placed on one finger of the reliquary with the hand of St Stanislaus which initiated the tradition of offering more rings to the reliquary. days. An inventory book dating from 1602 notes as many as three such rings; in 1702 there were four rings, in 1791 six, and at the end of the 19th century as many as twenty five!

We are all well aware that to enter this Cathedral can not be without emotion. More I say, you can not enter it without the internal tremor, without fear because it contains in it - as in almost no Cathedral of the world - the enormous size, which speaks to us in all our history, our entire past.

cardinal Karol Wojtyla
8 March 1964