Saints’ relics venerated in Pampanga churches-A A +A
Saturday, May 5, 2012
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The relics of Sta. Monica and her son St. Agustine were venerated Friday morning in different churches in Pampanga.
The “homecoming” of the bone relics or the “ex ossibus” of the two were first taken to the San Agustin Parish Church in this city where they were welcomed by hundreds of devotees. After the veneration, the two relics were taken in separate motorcades to Lubao and Minalin.
The relic of St. Monica was taken to the recently declared national treasure Sta. Monica Church in Minalin while the relic of St. Agustine of Hippo came home to its permanent repository at the San Agustin Parish Church in Lubao.
The arrival of St. Agustine’s relic in Lubao was in time with the 440th founding anniversary of the San Agustin Parish Church and the Sampaguita Festival on Saturday, where mass celebrated by Archbishop Paciano Aniceto culminated the religious homecoming.
Sta. Monica was believed to have cried and prayed immensely for St. Agustine’s conversion to Christianity and since then becoming a doctor of the church.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on May 06, 2012.