Friday 24 May 2019

Three saints' relics stop off at Malahide

Following the recent visit of Pope Francis to Ireland, the relics of three saints are travelling around the country and made a visit to the Carmelite Monastery of Star of the Sea in Seapark, Malahide, last week.

St. Therese of Lisieux, and her parents, Sts. Louis and Zelie Martin, were in the Phoenix Park for the visit of Pope Francis and are now visiting Carmelite Monasteries around Ireland.

A large congregation turned out to welcome the relics at the Malahide monastery. Local men and women carried the relics into the church in procession.

A prayer service took place at the monastery and the relics were venerated by many from the congregation afterwards. The relics remained in the monastery until Friday morning, when they moved on to another monastery.

While St. Therese will be known to many as the Little Flower, her parents, Louis and Zelie are the only couple ever canonised in the Catholic Church.

Local man, Harry Reynolds was there to capture this unique occasion on his camera and has kindly shared his pictures with the Fingal Independent.

The local faithful in Malahide were fascinated by the relics as they got this rare chance to see them up close and on their own doorstep.

The three saints' relics will now continue their journey across Ireland, making many other stops in parishes along the way.

Fingal Independent