coat without seam

Also known as

  • Christ’s coat without seam
  • Holy coat
  • Holy Coat of Trèves
  • Holy Coat of Trier
  • Holy Coat of Argenteuil
  • tunica inconsutilis

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A name for the Church, emblematic of the only body of Christians without division or dissension. The term is derived from the garment worn by Our Lord at the time of His Crucifixion for which rather than divide it the Roman soldiers cast lots.

The cathedral of Trier (Trèves), Germany, and the parish church of Argenteuil, France, both claim to possess the seamless garment of Christ, tunica inconsutilis (John 19). The Trier tradition which affirms that the relic was sent there by Saint Helena, is substantiated by a tablet of the 6th century and several documents of the 12th century. The coat of Argenteuil is mentioned in a document dating from 1156 as the Cappa pueri Jesu (garment of the Child Jesus). Modern advocates of the Argenteuil tradition now claim that the Trier relic is not the tunica inconsutilis but the outer garment of Christ. The veneration of both these relics has been the occasion of many pilgrimages.

The intermingling of these two traditions gave rise to the legend that the garment woven by the Blessed Virgin for the Child Jesus grew with Him and was worn by Him during His whole life on earth.

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MLA Citation

  • “coat without seam”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 February 2021. Web. 26 February 2021. <>