Relic in Rome: In our Friary too

    Gospel Choir leader, Fr Willie Purcell

    AS PART of the annual Good Friday Walk, a relic of the True Cross will be carried in procession for a service of blessing and prayer around the cross in The Capuchin Friary Church. 

    Pope Francis will carry the cross with a similar relic through the streets of Rome.    

    This is the second time the relic will be used on Good Friday.  The relic is one of a kind in the world and has the original and official seal of authenticity and approval of The Vatican. 

    A similar relic is held in Holy Cross Abbey Thurles. This is the 17th year of the walk which leaves from St John’s Church at 7.30pm.

    It will edge down John Street and up High Street to the Friary in Friary Streeet for a service led by Kilkenny Gospel Choir. 

    The walk will remember the suffering people of our world, through homelessness, war, famine and family crisis. 

    The wood of the relic is in the form of a small cross and can be seen behind a glass front. 

    The word relic comes from the Latin word ‘reliquiae’ meaning ‘remains’ or ‘something left behind’, while a reliquary is a shrine that houses a relic, or relics

    According to Catholic Church doctrine, a relic is a physical and personal memorial of a saint or the True Cross of Christ.

    “The relic is a very special treasure,” said Fr Willie Purcell, it is a rare relic and we are lucky to have it.” 

    As part of the service, people will touch the relic and be blessed with it. This year a large crowd is expected to venerate the cross.  .  Over the years many miracles have taken place through the veneration of the true cross, people venerate the cross to identify the sufferings of their lives with the sufferings of Christ. 

    Fr Willie says all are welcome to this special time of prayer.