St. Anthony of Padua relic to be enshrined at Parañaque church

St. Anthony of Padua relic to be enshrined at Parañaque church

San Antonio de Padua Parish in Parañaque City will enshrine a first-class relic of their patron during a 7:00 p.m. Mass on June 4.

By CBCP News

May 30, 2019

Manila, Philippines

The parishioners of San Antonio de Padua Parish in Parañaque City are overjoyed as they prepare to receive a precious gift from Padua in Italy next week.

Friars from the Basilica of St. Anthony have sent the parish a first class relic of their saint to stay with them forever.

The relic arrived in the parish last January but it will be displayed publicly for the first time on June 4. It is a small part of the saint’s body tissue, known as “ex massa corporis” (from the body mass).

As part of the welcome ceremony, a Mass will be celebrated at 7:00 p.m. in the church, located near the city hall.

Fr. Agalito Tarog, parish priest, said that veneration of relic will be held after the liturgical celebration.

“We are inviting everyone most especially the sick who seek the unfailing intercession of the miracle worker of Padova,” Fr. Tarog said.

In order for the faithful to have a deeper understanding “on the value of this gift,” the parish has organized a series of catechesis since May 19.

On June 1, a talk on holy relics will be given by Bro. Leandro Tesoreroso, head of Work of the Saints Movement-Philippines.

St. Anthony of Padua is one of the Catholic Church’s most popular saints, recognized across the world for his miracles and preaching/

Born in Portugal over 800 years ago, St. Anthony is the second quickest canonized saint in church history— less than a year after his death.