Posted by: catholicrelics | September 24, 2009

Therese’s visit to Liverpool continues

The relics as they are venerated before the altar in Liverpool's Cathedral of Christ the King

The relics as they are venerated before the altar in Liverpool's Cathedral of Christ the King

Mass in the evening was an amazing experience. The Cathedral was packed and overflowed with standing room only inside and several hundred people outside, listening to Mass as best they could. More than 3,000 people were present, an impressive number in wheelchairs.

The four Carmelite communities within the diocese came for their own night vigil alongside the relics, their very hiddenness itself bearing witness to the hiddenness of Therese during her years in Carmel.

In order to leave the Cathedral free for the Carmelites, a second all-night vigil took place at the shrine of the Passionist, Blessed Dominic Barberi, in Sutton. He was an Italian, but died in reading in 1849 and beatified in 1963. In his short years in England, Dominic established three churches, several chapels and preached innumerable missions and received hundreds of converts, not only Newman, but others such as Ignatius Spencer, whose own cause for beatification is in process. Dominic now lies at rest with Father Ignatius Spencer and Elizabeth Prout (whom Dominic had received into the Church and who founded the Sisters of the Cross and Passion) in the Shrine Church of Saint Anne and Blessed Dominic in Sutton, St Helens.

Therese, who spoke so lovingly of the Little Way, must be glad to share her Liverpool venue with three others who dedicated their lives to God

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