Visit of the Relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux
to the Diocese of Dunkeld
Wednesday 4 September
7pm Arrival of the Relics to St Andrew’s Cathedral with a Liturgy of Welcome followed by an Opening Solemn Mass with a homily by Canon John Udris.
9pm Night Prayer of the Church (after which the Cathedral closes).
Thursday 5 September
10am Mass in honour of St Teresa of Calcutta followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and veneration of the relics.
1pm Mass with a homily by Canon John Udris.
7pm Vespers and Benediction leading into an all night Vigil with Rosary, Litany to St Thérèse and devotions on the hour each hour during the night.
Friday 6 September
7am Mass (after which the Cathedral closes until 9.45am).
10am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Morning Prayer of the Church followed by veneration of the relics.
1pm Mass, with the Sacrament of Anointing; After Mass, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament resumes.
7pm Holy Hour (with adoration and Benediction) and address by Canon Udris.
9pm Night Prayer (after which the Cathedral closes).
Saturday 7 September
10am Solemn Mass followed by adoration and opportunity to venerate the relics.
4pm Liturgy of Thanksgiving. Relics then depart for Edinburgh.
St Thérèse of Lisieux was born Marie Françoise-Thérèse Martin on January 2, 1873. At an early age she felt called to religious life and so, after overcoming various obstacles, she joined two of her elder sisters in the cloistered Carmelite community of Lisieux, Normandy, at the age of 15.
Known as ‘the Little Flower,’ St Thérèse has become a highly influential model of sanctity to many because of the simplicity and practicality of her approach to the spiritual life.
St Pope Pius X called her ‘the greatest saint of modern times.’ She died in 1897 of tuberculosis, at the age of 24. She was canonised in 1925.
The relics of St Thérèse have been on an international pilgrimage since 1994. They were brought to Ireland in the summer of 2001 and then to England in 2009 where a quarter of a million people venerated them. Now time has come for Scotland.
PLEASE TAKE TIME TO VISIT THE CATHEDRAL DURING THIS SPECIAL TIME.