Thousands venerate relics of St. Therese-A A +A
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
THE pilgrim relic of St. Therese of the Child Jesus has gathered thousands of devotees, both children and adults.
The relic, which formed part of body, was motored from Kabankalan all the way to San Sebastian Cathedral and to the Carmelite Monastery in Bacolod City.
The relic visited the parishes from Hinigaran, Pontevedra, San Enrique, Valladolid, Pulupandan, Bago and Bacolod City. More or less 4,000 inmates of the Provincial jail in Bago City were able to venerate them.
Organizers provided the prisoners with a small piece of cloth that bore the face of St. Therese and they used it to wipe the gold gilded case that was made of Jacaranda wood and glass that encased the relic.
Prisoners felt the blessing from St. Therese that will help them strengthen their faith as they struggle for personal reform.
School children waved flaglets and threw flower petals as a sign of their warm welcome to the relic that visited the province for the third time already: in 2000, 2008 and 2013.
Each parish offered a brief prayer to the relic, which was guarded by members of the Philippine National Police.
Catholic Bishop Vicente Navarra asked the Catholic faithful to continue their devotion to St. Therese, as she is indeed a missionary and her mission is only to spread love.
St. Therese promised that she will send roses to the earth in the form of petitions, blessings and miracles.
Eli Francis Tajanlangit, a devotee, said this is the most relevant visit of St. Therese, as the Church faces challenges.
"Let's pray that St. Therese will open our hearts to heal the divisions in the diocese and community. It is best that St. Therese came here," he said.
“St. Therese wants to spread the gospel in all corners of the world. Her vocation is love and at the heart of mother Church, "I shall be loved," he said.
The relic of St. Therese was brought to the Carmelite monastery on Tuesday afternoon for a con-celebrated mass and veneration.
The relic will stay in Bacolod City until March 7 and will be flown to Roxas City in Capiz.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 06, 2013.