Written by: Denise Serafini on Wednesday, March 16, 2016
St. Helena, mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine, was the one that secured the Relics of the Passion for us more than 300 years after the Crucifixion for generations to appreciate and venerate, even unto our time. Had she not undertaken the arduous journey to the holy places in Palestine, the Apostolate for Holy Relics might never have been founded to bring artifacts such as these to the faithful. This particular form of connection to the roots of our faith might well be impossible had it not been for her efforts and commitment.
On Wednesday, March 16, we presented pieces of the very relics discovered and preserved by St. Helena at the church in West Hartford, CT named in her honor. It is our sincere hope that what we shared with the faithful in that event was on par with the honor St. Helena would have wanted presented as fitting homage for the suffering of Our Savior in His Passion and Crucifixion.
The Children’s Rosary sponsored the event on our behalf and the children were front and center in the presentation. They carried symbols that aligned to the story relative to each of the sacred relics as part of the procession and elevated them alongside the Knights of Columbus Color Guard during the reading of each meditation. What a touching presentation. These children are truly close to Our Lady in their devotion to the rosary and what more fitting honor could they give the Blessed Mother than honoring Her Son in His Passion?
The parish pastor, Father Joseph Crowley, and Father David Dawson participated in the event with readings of the intercessions and prayers. Of greater significance, however, was their decision to take to the confessional during veneration. May God bless these holy men for conveying the true message of God’s Mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The message of the program is centered on God’s Mercy but they assured that the faithful could take advantage of Mercy in action; with their priest “in Persona Christi” via the confessional. The lines for confession were continuous throughout more than an hour of veneration.
We offer all of our prayers and efforts for this event, in union with the merits of St. Helena’s life, sufferings and commitment to preserve the relics of His Passion, to the Father, and ask Him to shower His Mercy on the parishioners of the church named in her honor.