VENERATE THE RELIQUARY AT THE CATHEDRAL BASILICA
For the first time since November 2013, the reliquary of the Martin family, the only reliquary of a family in the world, will be available for veneration in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul from at least Monday evening, September 21, 2015 through Thursday evening, September 24, 2015. Other dates may be announced later. The reliquary will be exposed in the main church, where pilgrims may venerate it starting on Monday evening until 9:00 p.m. and again on each of Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Please come as a family, with your spouses and children, or alone to pray in the presence of the reliquary and ask of these holy parents, soon to be canonized, and their daughter, a powerful intercessor, the desires of your heart.
Because the reliquary will be in the Archdiocese of Newark on October 18, the day of Louis and Zelie's canonization, this week in September is the opportunity for pilgrims in Philadelphia to venerate it in public before the canonization.
About the Reliquary of the Martin Family and Philadelphia
The reliquary, created by French sculptor Fleur Nabert for the Magnificat Foundation, contains significant relics of Saint Therese, the gift of the Lisieux Carmel, and of Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, the gift of the former rector of the Shrine at Lisieux, Mgr Bernard Lagoutte, who accompanied the reliquary when it was entrusted to Philadelphia at the Magnificat Day of Faith in November 2013. The relics of each saint are in a separate pillar, which together form an ensemble. In front of the relics of St. Therese stands a rose; in front of the relics of Louis and of Zelie, a lily.
"THE SPIRITUALITY OF BLESSED LOUIS AND ZELIE MARTIN, THE PARENTS OF ST. THERESE OF LISIEUX," SIX CONFERENCES AT THE CATHEDRAL BASILICA, SEPTEMBER 21-24, 2015
The Spiritual Program at the Cathedral Basilica during the World Meeting of Families
Eucharistic adoration will take place around the clock in the side chapel of the Cathedral beginning after the 6:30 p.m. Mass on Sunday, September 20 and continuing until 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 24.
Relics of St. John Paul II and of St. Gianna Beretta Molla, patrons of the World Meeting, will also be available for veneration.
For details about the Cathedral program, which includes three daily Masses and the opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation every day, please visit www.cathedralphila.org