The first feast of Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin at Lisieux:

a Pontifical Mass on July 12, 2009


The first liturgical feast of Blessed Zelie and Louis Martin, the parents of St. Therese, will be celebrated on Sunday, July 12, the anniversary of their marriage in 1858. The Shrine at Lisieux has announced a two-day celebration of liturgy, prayer, and festivities.  Cardinal Tettamanzi, Archbishop of Milan, will preside at a Pontifical Mass in the Basilica of St. Therese, where Louis and Zelie were beatified on October 19, 2009. In Alencon, Msgr. Jean-Claude Boulanger, bishop of Seez, will offer a Mass at Notre-Dame Church, where Louis and Zelie were married, on the vigil of their feast.  See the schedule of liturgies and festivities for the feast of Louis and Zelie Martin.

I am happy to celebrate this feast on "Saint Therese of Lisieux: A Gateway" by offering the photo show "Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux: Their lives and beatification."  Please celebrate the feast by joining us in this virtual pilgrimage to the places Louis and Zelie made holy by living with such faith, hope, and love. View the historic exhibit "Story of a Family" mounted at Lisieux in honor of the beatification, with furniture, possessions, documents, and photos belonging to the Martin family. See little Pietro Schiliro, the Italian child who was cured of a serious lung disease at the intercession of Louis and Zelie.  View images of the beatification ceremony and of the reliquary. Come as a pilgrim of the heart to honor the faithful servants of God, and ask for the grace to imitate them.