(Lat. scrinium), a feretory or repository for relics, whether fixed, such as a tomb, or movable. The term is also sometimes.applied to the tomb of a person not canonized. Shrines were often made of the most splendid and costly materials, and enriched with jewelry in profusion, as that of St. Taurin at Evreoux, in Normandy. Those which were movable were, on certain occasions, carried in religious processions; they were arranged above and behind the altar, on rood or other beams, and lamps were suspended before or around them. Others were substantial erections, generally the tombs of saints, as that of Edward the Confessor in Westminster Abbey, and that of St. Cuthbert, formerly in Durham Cathedral, etc. These were not unfrequently rebuilt (with additional splendor) subsequently to their first erection.
⇒Bible concordance for SHRINE.