Passion relics arrive Saturday
By Samuel Shu
Pacific Daily News
For many people on Guam, 85 percent of whom are Catholics, few events may be bigger than the arrival of the Relics of the Passion on Guam for the first time tomorrow evening.
The Relics of the Passion is a set of remnants of articles that are believed to have touched the body of Jesus Christ when he was crucified.
Among the relics are pieces from the cross of Jesus’ crucifixion, the crown of thorns, replicas of the holy nails, the burial shroud, the column of flagellation, the spear that pierced Jesus’ side, the veil used to wipe Jesus’ face, and a relic from the table of the Last Supper.
The relics will be on tour to Catholic schools, parishes and other sites on the island for public viewing from March 24 to April 1, according the Archdiocese of Agana.
“The real purpose (in welcoming) the Relics of the Passion is for us to recover a sense of the sacred, for us once again to truly celebrate the biggest sacrifice any man can make for the sake of love so that we can be relieved from our sins,” said Father Noly Alparce of the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica.
The Relics’ tour on Guam is being coordinated out of the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica, said Tony Diaz, communications director for the Archdiocese.
The relics are owned by Thomas Serafin, founder of the Apostolate for Holy Relics. Serafin has devoted his life to collecting and safeguarding holy relics.
“The veneration of relics is not a question of proof or science but an act of faith,” states an Apostolate for Holy Relics pamphlet created for a 2005 tour of the relics.