I mentioned back in August that our parish, St. Rita's Church, was given the huge honor of hosting the relics of St. Maria Goretti as she tours the United States. Well Wednesday, September 30th, was the day. I want to share some of the photos.
Here she is in the Reliquary in front of our altar.
And a close up of the Reliquary.
The Tour also brought along an exhibit, including this lovely statue placed in the church vestibule.
As I said in the previous post on this, the body in the Reliquary is only a wax life-sized doll. The relics are placed inside a box inside the doll. You can read more about it on the Tour website, here. Here is a close up of the wax doll.
There was a wonderful Mass that evening, celebrated by our Bishop John J. O’Hara.
Having been killed at eleven years old for resisting a rape attempt, St. Maria Goretti is the youngest saint in the communion of saints. She is a saint not for resisting the rape, but for forgiving her murder. You can read about her here.