Gérard died on September 3, 1120.
The French historian of the Order of St. John,
the Abbot of Vertôt,
mourns: "The Hospitallers lost the Blessed Gérard, the father of the poor and of the pilgrims; that virtuous man, having arrived at an exceeding old age, expired in the arms of his brethren, almost without any sickness, and fell, as we may say, like a fruit ripe for eternity."
His epitaph - as recorded by Fulcher of Chartres - reads:
the humblest man
Blessed Gérard's "tomb lay within the precincts of the Hospital, most likely in the church."
"The body of the Blessed Gérard ... appears to have been translated from Jerusalem sometime after 1187.
It is still an open question how the remains of Gérard Tenque come to Manosque.
Theodore Andrea Cook writes in “Old Provence”: “In 1080 a citizen of Martigues, Gérard Tenque by name, founded the Hospital of St. John at Jerusalem, which afterwards became the great order of the Knights of Malta; and the husband of Gerberge, Countess of Provence, who was called Gilbert the Good, brought back many relics from the Holy Land which were afterwards to be seen in the churches of Arles and all its district” Could it have been Gilbert the Good, who brought Gérard Tenque’s relics to Manosque?
In 1283 Blessed Gérard's body was contained in a 'very precious silver guilt box with many precious stones' in the Hospitaller chapel in Manosque, in Provence, where it remained until the French Revolution.
Msgr. François Ducaud-Bourget: The Spiritual Heritage of The Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Vatican 1958 writes:
“it was at Manosque, without any doubt whatever, that his relics remained from 1283 - that is, from the capture of Acre by the Mohammedans and the rallying of the Hospitallers on Cyprus - until the French Revolution destroyed them."
The skull, however, was transferred to Valletta, in Malta, in 1749 by order of Grandmaster Emmanuel Pinto.
Several sources (e.g. Ducaud-Bourget) state that the relics were destroyed (at Manosque) during the French revolution. Just a humerus and a vertebra were obviously saved.
"Yet, a humerus and a vertebra of the holy body were saved and kept in the church of Martigues. After the "separation" and inventories, it has been possible to see these remains in a closet of that city's town hall.” (Ducaud-Bourget)
The author of this page is aware of the following relics of Blessed Gérard:
Denys Pringle: The Churches of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem: The city of Jerusalem:
This page is part of the publication: Blessed Gérard and his "everlasting brotherhood": The Order of St. John of Jerusalem
This page was last updated on Sunday, 11 October 2015 01:51:26