Posted by: catholicrelics | September 16, 2009

Portsmouth awash with pilgrims as St. Thérèse arrives

St Thérèse arrives in Portsmouth

Portsmouth was awash with pilgrims today who had come to officially welcome the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux to England and Wales.

Arriving in good time, the specially adapted hearse crept silently alongside the Cathedral to be met by a welcome committee of pilgrims, religious, school children, Cathedral staff, volunteers and journalists….

Weighing nearly 21 stone, the reliquary was carried by six men to the door of the Cathedral where it was warmly received by the Bishop of Portsmouth, the Right Reverend Crispian Hollis.

St John’s Cathedral in Portsmouth is the first official venue for the relics visit. This morning, hundreds of school children came to pray with St Thérèse, carrying banners roses and candles. In the afternoon, there was a special Mass with an Anointing of the Sick celebrated by Bishop Hollis. This evening is for all – a Mass of Thanksgiving for St Thérèse’s visit.

It is thought that a couple of thousand pilgrims – the young, the old, the sick, people of all faiths and none – will file past the casket in the next 24 hours….

St Thérèse pray for us all


  1. Thank you very much for sharing this pilgrimage with us through the internet. I have been deeply touched watching the photos. May St. Therese intercede for us, as we make our pilgrim journey to God. To God be the Glory. Thank you and have a blessed time with the Saint.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: