Faith Matters

Relics of family of Saints to visit Armagh

The relics of Saints Louis and Zelie Martin and their daughter, Saint Therese of Lisieux - the 'Little Flower' - will be in Armagh on Sunday August 12 ahead of the World Meeting of Families

ARMAGH will help set the tone for this month's World Meeting of Families when St Patrick's Cathedral hosts the Relics of Saints Louis and Zelie Martin and their daughter, Saint Therese of Lisieux on Sunday August 12.

The Relics will arrive at the Cathedral for the 11am Mass and they will leave at 9am on Monday August 13.

Fr Peter McAnenly, Administrator, said that it was a special opportunity "to come and venerate the Relics of the family that embodies what is best in family life".

They "offer a wonderful example of what a family can become", he said.

St Therese of Lisieux, also known as 'The Little Flower' is among the Church's most popular figures, with Pope Pius X calling her "the greatest saint of modern times".

"At a young age, she felt the call to religious life and at the age of 15, she became a nun and joined two of her older sisters in the cloistered Carmelite Community in Lisieux in Normandy," said Fr McAnenly.

"After nine years as a religious, she died at the young age of 24 and she was canonised a saint in 1925. Her feast day is October 1.

"Three years ago, Pope Francis canonised her parents and they were the first spouses in the history of the Church to be canonised as a couple."

Blessed Roses will be available in St Patrick's Cathedral during the visit of the Relics, added Fr McAnenly.

The relics of Saints Louis and Zelie Martin and their daughter, Saint Therese of Lisieux - the 'Little Flower' - will be in Armagh on Sunday August 12 ahead of the World Meeting of Families

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