Subterranean crypt of St Anne's Cathedral in Apt, as it is today.
Emile Rey interprets the Latin abbreviation as meaning. Sacerdotes vel clavicularii - priests and guardians - giving as his reason for doing so, that this interpretation seems "the one that is most natural and that most closely conforms to history." On the other hand, the learned antiquarian, Joseph-Marie de Suarez, Bishop of Vaison, in the 17th Century, believed them to be abbreviations for Sancti Veli Clavicularii - Guardians of the Holy Veil - namely those in charge of the relics, which were wrapped in a winding sheet, or holy veil.
Either interpretation seems admissible, in view of later records. But this author agrees with Emile Rey that the former is more natural and, therefore, has used it in continuing her story. For she also agrees with him that "this is the official seal of the relics of St Anne."
Interior of St Anne's Cathedral in Apt.
Charlemagne discovers St Anne's relics miraclously, through the help of a deaf & dumb boy.