The Relics of St Anthony of Padua
are being brought on a ‘pilgrimage’ around Ireland.
On Saturday 19 October the relics will be in
Adam and Eve’s Church, Merchants’ Quay, Dublin
from 11.00 am – 8.00 pm.
Mass will be celebrated at 12.00 and 5.30pm
St Anthony pray for us and all whom we love.
Though he died as long ago as 1231, St Anthony’s popularity has rarely waned over the centuries.He is widely revered as the Saint who helps people find lost things or people.This relic tour is taking place to mark the 750th anniversaryof the discovery of St Anthony’s incorrupt tongue by St Bonaventure. Speaking from Italy, Fr Conte, OFM Conv, said that the visit of the relics “is like the visit of a friend who has come to see people whom he holds dear, whom he has not forgotten.”
He added, “There is nothing superstitious about relics.The real meaning of a relic is love – they are a link of love between the person who venerates and the saint.” Referring to Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, he said that by inviting us to venerate the mortal remains of the Saints, the Church does not forget that, in the end, these are just human remains, but they are remains that belonged to individuals touched by the living power of God.
The Italian friar described St Anthony as “a messenger of hope” who reminds us all that “God really cares for us and is closer to us than we think.”