Relic Venerations

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Sacred Treasures of the Church

The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe is blessed with a vast collection of authenticated sacred relics.  In order to properly honor these holy saints, the Shrine makes our relics available for public veneration on their particular feast days.  Additionally, some of our relics are permanently on display in the Shrine Church at the side altars.

Right:  A 1st class relic on display for veneration by Shrine pilgrims.

Below:  A comprehensive list of the Shrine's relics that are made public on their particular feast days.

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Relic Veneration Dates

Public veneration of 1st-Class Relics at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe takes place by the way of a general blessing at the conclusion of Holy Mass.  Should the saint’s feast day fall on a Sunday or a Solemnity, there may not be a public venera­tion of that saint’s relic, however, the relic will be available for private veneration upon request.

Saint John Neumann
Saint Agnes
Saint Francis de Sales
Saint Thomas Aquinas

Our Lady of Lourdes

(Saint Bernadette relic)

Saint Patrick of Ireland

Saint Gemma Galgani
Saint Bernadette
Saint Mark the Evangelist
Saint Gianna Beretta Molla

Saint Peregrine
Saints Phillip & James the Less, Apostles
Saint Dymphna

Saint Barnabas
Saints Peter & Paul, Apostles

Saint Maria Goretti
Saint James the Greater, Apostle
Saint Anne, Mother of the BVM

Saint Alphonsus Liguori
Saint John Vianney

January 5th
January 21st
January 24th
January 28th

 

 

February 11th

March 17th

 

April 11th
April 16th
April 25th
April 28th

 

May 1st
May 3rd
May 15th

 

June 11th
June 29th

 

July 6th
July 25th

July 26th

August 1st
August 4th

Saint Bartholomew, Apostle
Saint Augustine

Saint Gregory the Great
Saint Teresa of Calcutta
True Cross

Saint Therese of Lisieux
Saint Francis of Assisi
Saint Faustina Kowalska
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque
Saint Luke the Evangelist
Saint Anthony Claret
Saints Simon & Jude, Apostles

Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini
Saint Gertrude the Great
Saint Elizabeth of Hungry
Saint Cecilia
Blessed Miguel Pro
Saint Catherine Laboure
Saint Andrew, Apostle

Saint Lucy
Saint John of the Cross
Saint John the Evangelist

August 24th
August 28th

September 3rd
September 5th
September 14th

October 1st
October 4th
October 5th
October 16th
October 18th
October 24th
October 28th

November 13th
November 16th
November 17th
November 22nd
November 23rd
November 28th
November 30th

December 13th
December 14th
December 27th

Veneration of Saints

Honor paid to the saints who, by their intercession and example and in their possession of God, minister to human sanctification, helping the faithful grow in Christian virtue. Venerating the saints does not detract from the glory given to God, since whatever good they possess is a gift from his bounty. They reflect the divine perfections, and their supernatural qualities result from the graces Christ merited for them by the Cross. In the language of the Church’s liturgy, the saints are venerated as sanctuaries of the Trinity, as adopted children of the Father, brethren of Christ, faithful members of his Mystical Body, and temples of the Holy Spirit.

- Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J., Servant of God,

   Modern Catholic Dictionary

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"RELIC. An object connected with a saint, e.g., part of the body or clothing or something the person had used or touched. Authentic relics are venerated with the Church's warm approbation. They may not be bought or sold. Those of a martyr are placed in the altar stone at the consecration of an altar."

- Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. Modern Catholic Dictionary