BGWL-143All Catholics are invited to Prince of Peace Catholic Church on Wednesday, November 4 to venerate First Class relics (a part of the Saint’s body, for example: blood, hair, or bones) beginning at 8:30am (Mass) until 8pm.  The relics will be in the church during the morning Mass and from 6:30p-8p.  Outside of those times, they will be able to be venerated in the Eucharistic Chapel.  The relics that will be present are:

St. Maria Goretti
St John Neumann
St Elizabeth Ann Seaton
St. Padre Pio
St Therese of Lisieux
St. Teresa of Avila
St. Bernard of Clairvaux
St. Catherine Laboure
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
Pope St Pius X
Pope St Gregory the Great
Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity
Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos
St. Bernadette

Why Do We Venerate Relics?

The veneration of relics is an ancient custom dating from the reverence shown at the graves of the martyrs even in the time of the apostles. Miracles have been worked by God in association with relics – “…not that some magical power existed in them, but just as God’s work was done through the lives of [holy people], so did His work continue after their deaths. Likewise, just as [others] were drawn closer to God through the lives of [holy people], so did they (even if through their remains) inspire others to draw closer even after their deaths. This perspective provides the Church’s understanding of relics.” (Fr. W. Saunders, “Keeping Relics in Perspective”, © 2003 Arlington Catholic Herald)

 “In all, relics remind us of the holiness of a saint and his cooperation in God’s work; at the same time, relics inspire us to ask for the prayers of that saint and to beg the grace of God to live the same kind a faith-filled life.” (Saunders)

What Do We Express When We Venerate Relics?

“To venerate the relics of the saints is a profession of belief in several doctrines of the Catholic faith: (1) the belief in everlasting life for those who have obediently witnessed to Christ and His Holy Gospel here on earth; (2) the truth of the resurrection of the body for all persons on the last day; (3) the doctrine of the splendour of the human body and the respect which all should show toward the bodies of both the living and the deceased; (4) the belief in the special intercessory power which the saints enjoy in heaven because of their intimate relationship with Christ the King; and (5) the truth of our closeness to the saints because of our connection in the communion of saints — we as members of the Church militant or pilgrim Church, they as members of the Church triumphant.” (Fr. W. Saunders, “Church Teaching on Relics”, © 2003 Arlington Catholic Herald)

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