Friday 1 October 2010

Feast of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face

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Today the universal Church and the Carmelite family celebrate the feast of one of our great saints - St Therese of the Child Jesus, affectionately known in the English speaking world as the 'Little Flower'. Here at Aylesford we have wonderful memories of the visit of our sister's relics to our community last October. The pictures below capture some of those fond memories.

Candles, a sign of prayer

The Most Reverend Fr Fernando Milan, O.Carm., Prior General of the Carmelite Oder
venerates the relics of St Therese at Aylesford, October 2009

Local school children welcome the relics to Aylesford

Preface of St Therese of the Child Jesus, (Carmelite Missal.)

Father, all powerful and everliving God,
we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks.

You reveal the secrets of your kingdom
to those who become like little children.
Among them you chose Saint Therese, hidden in Christ,
to proclaim the good news of your merciful love.
Your Holy Spirit moved her
to make her life a loving oblation
of prayer and self denial
for the salvation of all mankind
through Christ and his Church.

Now with the saints and all the angels,
we praise you forever

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