Visit of Relic Is Part of National Tour Sponsored by Knights of Columbus
The incorrupt heart of St. John Vianney will visit the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 125 Eagle St., Albany, as part of a national tour on Friday, April 26, from noon to 7 p.m. The Shrine of Ars, France, entrusted the major relic to the Knights of Columbus for the six-month Heart of a Priest tour of the United States. The Albany visit is part of the northeastern stretch of the tour.
The schedule for the day will be as follows:
Noon to 7 p.m. - Veneration (the public may approach the relic to pray before it)
12:15 p.m. - Mass
1:30 – 3 p.m. - Confession available
3 p.m. - Mid-Afternoon Prayer - Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger presiding; Very Rev. Dr. Leander S. Harding, rector of The Cathedral of All Saints in Albany, will offer a reflection
3:30 – 6:30 p.m. - Confession available
6:30 p.m. - Solemn Vespers (Evening Prayer)
7 p.m. - Relic departs
St. John Vianney, also known as the Curé d’Ars (the parish priest of Ars), was born in 1786 and was a simple parish priest who was known to spend as many as 18 hours a day hearing confession. He died in 1859 at the age of 73 and was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1925. He is the patron saint of parish priests.
In the Catholic tradition, a relic is an object associated with a saint that may be offered to the faithful for veneration. A first-class relic, as in the case of the incorrupt heart, is a physical part of a saint. The heart of St. John Vianney was taken from the saint’s body after his death in recognition of his burning love for God and humanity. It has remained intact, or incorrupt, for more than 150 years.
For more information, visit www.rcda.org/heartofapriest.