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Submitted by Michael O'Neil
A cheering, joyful and prayerful crowd welcomed the relics of St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face at Jaffa Gate on Wednesday, March 16th. The relics came from the Nunciature, then brought in procession to the Co-Cathedral of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem for Vespers.
More or less two thousand people gathered at 4:30 p.m. in front of the Citadel of David to greet the "Little Therese" entering the Holy City for the first time. At the Patriarchate, the courtyard was decked with Vatican flags of yellow and white. Scouts with bagpipes accompanied the procession to the Co-Cathedral. Members of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land, priests, seminarians, men and women religious and the faithful of Jerusalem came to welcome the “Little Flower.” His Beatitude Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem presided over Vespers.
The faithful reverently followed the chanting of Vespers. The Patriarch in his homily greeted "the greatest Saint of modern times” with reverence. He recalled how the Holy Land is in dire need of Grace: "… we just concluded our Plenary Assembly of the Ordinaries of the Holy Land, and we realized how much we are in need of divine transcendence, to carry us in our mission, to be in communion with all our fellow Christians and achieve unity with Jews and Muslims. We need grace to implement the Propositions of the recent Synod, so that the faithful will feel supported and be closer to God. He continued by asking the Patroness of the Missions 'to help us in our mission: the world is marked by a vocation to the mission, we are all called to respond.'"
Tonight the relics of St. Therese will be venerated in Jerusalem, the city of Resurrection. Tomorrow, the relics will be transferred to the church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Haifa.
The reception of these relics, which travelled the world, will be a source of Grace. St. Therese attracts crowds not only Christians but also people of other faiths including those away from our church.
See the image gallery from the Latin Patriarch here.
The Mozarabic Inlatio, or Illatio, corresponds to the Roman Preface; as Dom Fernand Cabrol says of them (in his The Mass of the Western Rites): "hardly a Mass but has its own; some of them comprise many columns of text, and if they were sung, these must have lasted at least half an hour. We will attempt presently to discover their authors. But we may say at once that they form a dogmatic collection which is priceless for the study of theological history in Spain during the Middle Ages, and a collection which, it must be confessed, has as yet been but little studied. It contains pages which do honor to the learning, the depth, and the culture of Spanish theologians from the fifth-ninth centuries." Here is an excerpt from the Catholic Encyclopedia's article on the Mozarabic Rite:
"The Illatio or Inlatio. This is called Praefatio in the Roman and Contestatio or Immolatio in the Gallican. With the Post-Sanctus it forms St. Isidore's fifth prayer. There are proper Illationes to every Mass. The form is similar to the Roman Preface, but generally longer and more diffuse, as in the Gallican. It is preceded by a longer dialogue than the usual one [...] The Illatio ends in all manner of ways, but always leading by way of the angels to the Sanctus."This particular Inlatio (from the Omnium Offerentium) curiously has a reference to a medieval tradition, recorded in the Golden Legend, that St. James cured a paralytic on his way to execution, which caused one of the executioners, a scribe named Josiah, to convert at the spot and be martyred along with him: 'per Jesum Christum Filium tuum, Dominum nostrum: in cujus nomine electus Jacobus, cum ad passionem traheretur, paraliticum ad se clamentem curavit, atque hoc miraculo cor illudentis sibi ita compulsit, ut cum sacramentis instinctum fidei faceret ad gloriam pervenire martyrii' ("through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord, in whose name the elect James, when he was being dragged to his passion, cured a paralytic who called out to him, and by this miracle so softened the heart of him who mocked him, as to cause him now imbued with the sacraments of faith to arrive at the glory of martyrdom.")