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Relic Veneration

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. 

Veneration Schedule

January

2nd - St. Basil the Great 4th - St. Elizabeth Seton 5th - St. John Neumann 10th - St. Peter Orseolo 17th - St. Anthony, Abbot 21st - St. Agnes 24th - St. Francis de Sales 25th - St. Paul, Apostle 27th - St. Angela Merici 28th - St. Thomas Aquinas 31st - St. John Bosco

February

9th - St. Maron 10th - St. José Sánchez del Río 11th - Our Lady of Lourdes (St. Bernadette Relic) 15th - St. Claude de la Colornbiere 21st - St. Peter Damian 27th - St. Gabriel of Sorrows

March

17th - St. Patrick of Ireland 19th - Clothing of St. Joseph

April

11th - St. Gemma Galgani 16th - St. Bernadette 21st - St. Anselm of Canterbury 25th - St. Mark the Evangelist 28th - St. Gianna Beretta Molla 30th - St. Pius V

May

1st - St. Peregrine +1st - Clothing of St. Joseph 3rd - Ss. Philip & James the Less 15th - St. Dymphna 16th - St. John Nepomucene 25th - St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi 26th - St. Philip Neri

June

3rd - St. Charles Lwanga 11th - St. Barnabas 19th - St. Romuald 21st - St. Aloysius Gonzaga 29th - Ss. Peter & Paul, Apostles

July

6th - St. Maria Goretti 11th - St. Benedict, Abbot 13th - Bl. Carlos Manuel Rodríguez Santiago 14th - St. Kateri Tekakwitha 15th - St. Bonaventure 18th - St. Camillus de Lellis 24th - St. Charbel Makhlouf 25th - St. James the Greater, Apostle 26th - St. Anne, Mother of BVM 30th - Bl. Solanus Casey 31st - St. Ignatius Loyola

August

1st - St. Alphonsus Liguori 2nd - St. Peter Julian Eymard 4th - St. John Vianney 8th - St. Dominic +8th - Ss. Cyriacus & Largus 11th - St. Philomena 12th - St. Jane Frances de Chantal 18th - St. Helen 20th - St. Bernard of Clairvaux 21st - St. Pius X 23rd - St. Rose of Lima 24th - St. Bartholomew, Apostle 25th - St. Louis of France 28th - St. Augustine of Hippo

September

3rd - St. Gregory the Great 13th - St. John Chrysostom 14th - True Cross 17th - St. Robert Bellarmine 27th - St. Vincent de Paul 28th - St. Wenceslas 29th - Stone from St. Michael’s Cave 30th - St. Jerome

October

1st - St. Thérèse of Lisieux 4th - St. Francis of Assisi 5th - St. Faustina Kowalska 10th - St. Francis Borgia 12th - Bl. Carlo Acutis 15th - St. Teresa of Avila 16th - St. Margaret Mary Alacoque +16th - St. Gerard Majella 18th - St. Luke the Evangelist 21st - St. Gaspare del Bufalo 24th - St. Anthony Mary Claret 28th - Ss. Simon & Jude, Apostles

November

13th - St. Frances Xavier Cabrini +13th - St. Stanislaus Kostka 16th - St. Gertrude the Great 17th - St. Elizabeth of Hungary 22nd - St. Cecilia 23rd - Bl. Miguel Pro 28th - St. Catherine Labore 30th - St. Andrew, Apostle

December

3rd - St. Francis Xavier 10th - BVM House of Loreto 13th - St. Lucy 14th - St. John of the Cross 27th - St. John the Evangelist

How to venerate

Relic Veneration Information

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.

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

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