Monday 5 July 2010

South Africa: St Thesese relics at Brakpan, and Woodmead, Johannesburg

(Southern African Catholic Dispatches)
Article by Marc Aupiais

The Editor of Archdiocesan News, Johannesburg, has once again sent us an update on the relics of Saint Therese Martin:

"St Therese at St Martin de Porres, Geluksdal with the East Rand youth and their chaplain after a night vigil.
One of the first photos of the relics of St Therese as they begin their South African tour of parishes at St Martin de Porres – the very first parish on the itinerary.
The youth – and some adults – of the Far East Rand deanery came from the parishes of St Lambert, St Martin, St Nicholas in Daveyton; St Paul, Tsakane; Kristo Nkosi, Kwa Thema; St Anthony Pucci, Duduza and from the host parish in Geluksdal for a night Vigil on Tuesday 29 June. The youth had prepared multimedia presentations for the vigil on the life of St Therese through research on internet. The picture was taken after the vigil. Fr Daniel of Daveyton (on the left), deanery chaplain for the youth, also kept the vigil.

The ‘woodmead’ photos were taken at the Maronite Parish of Our Lady of the Cedars of Lebanon, Woodmead on the afternoon of Saturday 3 July."

Here are pictures of the Maronite Parish of Our Lady of the Cedars of Lebanon, Woodmead displaying of the relics, which we were permitted to publish:

Woodmead, Johannesburg: Never a prayer too many when it's to a saint!

Woodmead: as St Therese looked down upon saints, and prayerfully saints aspiring, who had here gathered to greet St Therese!

Woodmead: If only the flags were for saints, not soccer players? A man reads what looks like a bible just in front of the container holding St Therese. 

St Therese at Night vigil with Far East Rand Deanery Youth with Fr Daniel. Whether the crowd looks alerted, fickle, cool, agitated, indulgent, naughty, vivacious, scary, reverent, embarrassed, interested, or irritated with photographs, when they want to get to touch a saint, is uncertain, either way, Saint Therese certainly and wonderfully inspires emotion from young and old!

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