A portable bier or shrine, variously adorned, used for containing relics of saints.
From the Greek pheretron,bier: a large reliquary shrine in the form of a sarcophagus or coffin with a parallelepipedal container surmounted by a roof with two slopes ( a saddleback roof) in a manner of a catafalque.
In Christianity: A shrine for relics designed to be carried in processions; kept behind the high altar.
in architecture, is the enclosure or chapel within which the fereter shrine, or tomb (as in Henry VII.'s chapel), was placed.
The shrines containing the sacred relics of saints