MARIKINA City, June 2, 2014 – In what appears to be the pope saints’ intervention, dark clouds ‘waited’ for the arrival of St. John XXIII’s and St. John Paul II’s relics before pouring down rain during a scheduled visit to a parish in Marikina City from May 31 to June 1.
“It was about to rain at that time, but it seems the clouds waited until the relics arrived at the [St. Paul of the Cross] parish before it finally rained,” Diocesan Coordinator for Social Communications of Antipolo James Matthew Wong said in an interview.
Wong, who is also the St. Paul of the Cross Parish Coordinator for Social Communications, called this first-hand experience of the new saints’ intervention “the best part of the activity”.
According to him , at 3:00 p.m., as the relics’ motorcade passed through a barangay on Saturday, it was sunny, but dark clouds started to form as the group headed towards the parish.
“When we brought the relics into the church, that’s when it started to rain hard,” Wong said in the vernacular.
At 4 p.m., Br. Dave Dela Cruz, CCS gave a catechesis on the new saints and Bl. Ivan Merz.
A solemn procession of the relics was made at 7.15 p.m., followed by a vigil with the relics from 8:30 p.m. To 11:30 p.m.
Throughout the day, some 300 people were able to venerate the relics, excluding those from two chapels under the jurisdiction of the parish, Rancho 2 and 3, which both enjoyed special visits from the relics earlier in the morning.
Some of the relics of St. John Paul II included hair strands; cloth stained with blood; and his zucchetto.
A piece of St. John XXIII’s cassock was carried in procession, together with a bone from the index finger of Bl. Ivan Merz (ex ossibus).
The relics’ visit was organized to celebrate the 48th World Communications Day and the 3rd Parish Social Communications Day. (Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz)