The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe will host a first-class relic of St. John Paul II’s blood on Saturday, Aug. 9 and Sunday, Aug. 10 as part of a tour sponsored by the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C., and the Knights of Columbus.
The faithful will have the opportunity to venerate the relic on Aug. 9, 1-7:30 p.m., including during the celebration of Mass with Bishop John Noonan at 6 pm, and on Aug. 10, after the 7:30 a.m. Mass and during the 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Masses, concluding after the 6 p.m. Mass.
Two first-class relics of St. John Paul II – a vile of his blood and a portion of a blood-stained cassock – have been visiting parishes, cathedrals, and basilicas along the eastern coast of the U.S. since June 21. St. John Paul II led the Catholic Church from 1978 to 2005. He was canonized April 27.
Pope St. John Paul II spent more time in the United States than any other pope before or since, shaping an entire generation of Catholics here and throughout the world,” said Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “Bringing his relic to communities throughout this country will recall for many Catholics his saintly life, his unswerving commitment to the dignity of every human person, and his emphasis on the call to holiness for each one of us.”
Both relics are on loan from the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, which together with the Knights of Columbus, is sponsoring the tour.
Editor’s note: Relics are the remnants of the bodies of saints or else objects that the saints used during their lifetime. The faithful praise God’s work in people who have devoted themselves completely to God. (from YouCat)