Sunday, February 16, 2014

Relics of the Passion

Our Blessed Mother is always pointing at her Son.  She is always leading us to the foot of the Cross where she herself stood.  As we approach Lent and we look toward Calvary it is a wonderful thing to spend more time in contemplation of the Passion.  A wonderful Apostolate exists called the Apostolate for Holy Relics.  They have a traveling relic exhibit called the Relics of the Passion.  It includes two small splinters from the Cross on which Jesus died and a piece of the crown of thorns that was placed on Jesus’ head.  In addition they have a fragment from the column where Jesus was flogged and a piece of a bone from the body of the centurion who pierced Jesus’ side with a lance.  There are 8 relics in total.  Parishes are encouraged to invite this traveling exhibit to their Church.  There is no cost to the visit they ask only to place a good will offering basket out for donations to cover travel expenses.  The coordinator of the exhibit can explain all the details with anyone who is interested.

Last year we hosted the exhibit at our parish of St. Thomas the Apostle in West Hartford Connecticut.  Some of the members of the Children’s Rosary attended and both children and adults found it particularly moving.  It is difficult to wrap ones mind around the fact that such precious artifacts still exist and can come to our parishes.  While the exhibit mostly travels along the East Coast of the United States all are encouraged to contact the organizer Denise Serafini as the relics have been carried all over the US and abroad in the past few years.  Many dates this spring are available.  A few of the locations the relics will be visiting are included below:

April 9th Assumption Church Manchester, CT USA
April 10th St. Matthew's Church Forestville, CT USA
April 14th Our Lady of Mt Carmel Waterbury, CT USA
The relics are also scheduled to travel to Florida as well.

Those interested in further information please contact Denise Serafini who organizes  the Relics of the Passion

To read an article about the exhibit written last spring in the Catholic Transcript click here.

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