The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary
by Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich
7. TWO APOSTLES HAVE NOT YET ARRIVED.
[August 10 ^th, 1821:] The time of the year when the Church celebrates
the death of the Blessed Virgin is no doubt the correct one, only it
does not fall every year on the same day.
Today I saw two more Apostles coming in with girt-up garments like
travelers.  These were James the Less and Matthew, who is his
step-brother, since Alpheus married when a widower Mary the daughter of
Cleophas, having had Matthew by a former wife.
Yesterday evening and this morning I saw the assembled Apostles holding
a service in the front part of the house. For this purpose they had
taken away or arranged differently the movable wickerwork screens which
divided it into sleeping compartments. The altar was a table covered
with a red cloth with a white one over it. It was brought from its
place to the right of the hearth (which was in daily use) to be set up
against the wall and used at the service, after which it was put back
again. In front of the altar was a stand covered with a cloth over
which hung a scroll. Lamps were burning above the altar. On the altar
had been placed a vessel in the shape of a cross made of a substance
lustrous with mother-of-pearl. It was barely nine inches in length and
breadth and contained five boxes closed by silver lids. In the center
one was the Blessed Sacrament, and in the others chrism, oil, salt,
other holy things, and some shreds of what was perhaps cotton.
Everything was tightly closed and packed together to prevent any
leakage. It was the Apostles' custom to carry this cross on their
travels hanging on their breasts under their garments. They were then
greater than the high priest when he carried on his breast the holy
treasure of the Old Covenant. I cannot clearly recollect whether there
were holy bones in one of the boxes or elsewhere. But I do know that in
the sacrifice of the New Covenant they always had near the altar the
bones of prophets and later of martyrs, just as the Patriarchs at their
sacrifices always placed on the altar the bones of Adam or of other
progenitors on whom the Promise rested. At the Last Supper Christ had
taught the Apostles to do the same.
Peter stood in priestly vestments before the altar, with the others
behind him as if in choir. The women stood in the background.