RELIGIOUS, PEOPLE OF WALES AND BEYOND ARE EXPECTED TO COME IN THEIR HUNDREDS TO ST. DAVID’S METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL, CARDIFF TO VENERATE THE MIRACULOUS RELIC IMAGE OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE DURING THE JULY PILGRIMAGE VISIT.
The 8th – 14th July 2016 sees the Pilgrimage Visit of the Miraculous Relic Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, “Protectress of the Unborn and Patroness of the Family” to Cardiff Cathedral – the Metropolitan Cathedral church of St. David, Cardiff.
2016 marks the centenary of the founding of the Ecclesiastical Roman Catholic Province of Cardiff and the establishment of the Episcopal See within the City. One of the central parts of the celebrations will be the Pilgrimage Visit of the Miraculous Relic Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe to St. David’s Metropolitan Cathedral.
The Guardians from the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Bedford will arrive in Cardiff with the Miraculous Relic Image on Friday, 8th July 2016. After the short installation ceremony around 3.00pm there will be, later that evening at 7pm, a formal Service of Reception, with the Solemn Guadalupe Mass at 7.30pm followed by Veneration until the Cathedral closes. On Saturday, 9th July the Cathedral will be open from 9.00am until 6.00pm during which time the Miraculous Relic Image will be on display, with groups and individuals from many areas of the Province expected to come for veneration and to hear the story of the Miracle of Guadalupe. During the day there will be Mass at 10.00am, and at 2.30pm there will be a Pro Life talk given by Edmund Adamus, Director of Pastoral Affairs at the Diocese of Westminster and an adviser to Cardinal Vincent Nichols, entitled “The Gospel of Life”. On Sunday, 10th July the Miraculous Relic Image will be transferred to the Provincial Celebrations taking place at St. Joseph’s R.C. High School (Pencarn Way, Newport NP10 8XH) where there will be Mass at 1.00pm followed by a Procession and various other activities. On the following day (Monday), after the return of the Miraculous Relic Image, the Cathedral will be open from 9.00am until 6.00pm; at 12 noon there will be Prayers followed at 12.45 by the Schools’ Day Mass. Tuesday, 12th July and Wednesday, 13th July are expected to follow the same pattern; the Cathedral will be open from 9.00am until 6.00pm with Mass at 12.45pm and Prayers at 5.00pm, with groups and individuals coming to the Cathedral for veneration from the Welsh Parishes and local catholic organisations. Local catholic schools are expected to be present to hear the Guardians present the School and Young Persons programme. The final day of the visit will see the Service of Return after the noon Mass. At various times each day the Guardians of Our Lady of Guadalupe will lead reflections and the Chaplet of Our Lady.
The Guardians of Our Lady of Guadalupe are a self-supporting group based at the Shrine in the Church of the Holy Child and St. Joseph, Bedford, the home of the Miraculous Relic Image. With no grants or special funding, we rely totally on the generosity of pilgrims to provide funds to allow us to carry out our Mission of taking the Miraculous Relic Image on Pilgrimage Tour to Cathedrals, Churches, Schools, Prisons and Catholic Events throughout Great Britain.
The purpose of the distribution of the Sacred Image is to help fulfil the prophecy of Saint John Paul II when visiting Guadalupe in 1979. His exhortation proclaimed “The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be the centre from which the light of the Gospel of Christ will illuminate the entire world by means of the distribution of the Miraculous Image of His Mother”. St. John Paul II authorised the creation of 220 digital replicas of the original for worldwide distribution. These Images have been declared as Authorised Relics that will extend the graces of evangelisation, conversion and truth to the nations in which they are placed, offering the same graces as extended in 1531 and equal in graces to that of the original first class Relic.
Please contact for more details:
Andrew Hinde, National Coordinator (Visits): firstname.lastname@example.org