As we look forward to the World Meeting of Families, Relics of Saints Louis and Zelie Martin and their daughter, Saint Therese of Lisieux visited St Patrick’s RC Cathedral in Armagh on Sunday.
The Relics arrived at the Cathedral for the 11am Mass before they left at 9am this morning (Monday).
In little under 24 hours, visitors had the opportunity to come and venerate the Relics of the family that embodies what is best in family life, which offer a wonderful example of what a family can become.
St Therese of Lisieux, otherwise known as The Little Flower is one of the most popular saints in the history of the Church and Pope St Pius X called her “the greatest saint of modern times”.
At a young age, she felt the call to religious life and at the age of fifteen, she became a nun and joined two of her older sisters in the cloistered Carmelite Community in Lisieux in Normandy.
After nine years as a religious, she died at the young age of twenty four and she was canonised a saint in 1925. Her feast day is 1st October.
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.