Father Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross will present “Sacred Relics Of The Saints: Treasures Of The Church” at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield on Thursday, March 23 at 7 p.m.
Father Martins’ special ministry aims to teach about the exposition of the holy objects. He will bring with him more than 150 relics, some as old as 2,000 years.
Among the treasures scheduled for display will be relics of Saints Maria Goretti, Therese of Lisieux (the “Little Flower”), Francis of Assisi, Anthony of Padua, Thomas Aquinas and Faustina Kowalska. In addition, a portion of the veil of Our Mother Mary will be available for viewing as well as one of the largest remaining pieces of the True Cross in the world.
Those who attend will be able to examine and venerate each relic and are encouraged to bring articles of devotion such as rosaries and holy cards, pictures of ill friends and family members which will be allowed to touch to the reliquaries as a means of intercession.
According to church history, many miracles and healings have been worked in the presence of relics, and many have been healed through this ministry.