Young saints’ relics make rare visit to Batanes
The relics consist of two reliquaries that contain a bone from Merz’ rib and the first-class relics of various lay youth saints like Sts. Dominic Savio, Maria Goretti, Kateri Tekakwitha, Rose of Lima, among others. TOUR OF SACRED RELICS – CAUSE OF CANONIZATION OF BL. IVAN MERZ
Dec. 17, 2018
In support of the celebration of the Year of the Youth, the first-class relics of Blessed Ivan Merz, as well as those of other young saints, are currently visiting Batanes, from Dec. 13 to 17.
“To help enrich the Year of the Youth celebrations in dioceses, parishes and communities, we organized the ‘Tour of Blessed Ivan and the Youth Saints’ Relics,” said Cause of Canonization vice postulator Dave Ceasar dela Cruz.
The Prelature of Batanes, through its youth director, Cathedral rector, and parish priest Fr. Ronald Manabat, invited the Cause for Canonization of Blessed Ivan Merz, Inc., a Marikina-based religious movement, through its 15-year old apostolate, the Tour of Sacred Relics, to visit the province.
Since arriving, the relics have visited parishes in Ivana, Mahatao, and Basco where the faithful welcomed them warmly.
On December 16, the first day of Simbang Gabi and Blessed Ivan Merz’s birthday, Batanes Prelate Danilo Ulep led the enshrinement of the image and relic of Merz in the cathedral.
Blessed Ivan Merz, a 19th century Croatian educator, is known for his dedication in educating and forming the young people of his time in faith and Christian life, promoting liturgical renewal, charity works, and love and fidelity to the Pope. Having numerous writings, he was a lay Christian philosopher and theologian who inspired many during his time.
Youth saints’ relics
The relics consist of two reliquaries that contain a bone from Merz’ rib and the first-class relics of various lay youth saints like Sts. Dominic Savio, Maria Goretti, Kateri Tekakwitha, Rose of Lima, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, Bl. Imelda Lambertini, Pier Giorgio Frassati, Alberto Marvelli, and Karolina Kozka. It also includes a coral from the sea of Tumhon where St. Pedro Calungsod’s body was thrown after his martyrdom.
In a letter, Bishop Franjo Komarica of Banja Luka, Merz’s birthplace, recommends the Tour of Sacred Relics of Blessed Ivan and the Youth Saints to his brother bishops in the Philippines. He regularly monitors the progress of the apostolates of Blessed Ivan Merz in the country.
Interested dioceses, parishes, and communities like schools and youth movements and organization may invite the Tour of Blessed Ivan and Youth Saints’ Relics for free. They may contact the Blessed Ivan Merz Center and Reliquarium at (02) 6212230, +63956-125-3804, or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.