“The honoring of the relics of the saints is an ancient tradition of the Catholic Church,” said Savannah Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer. “The relics remind us of the holy men and women who lived a life of holiness and charity and many even became martyrs for the faith. “To host the relic of St. Anthony of Padua in the city of Savannah and churches throughout the Diocese is a unique opportunity to gather the faithful to pay respect to a Franciscan saint who is popular among Catholics and other faith traditions. “St. Anthony is best known for his intercession in helping people find lost articles, but also to assist people in rediscovering their lost faith, hope, forgiveness, relationships, employment, reputation, patience, love and many other losses in their lives.”
Prayer petitions with holy cards will be distributed in each parish to allow parishioners to write their prayer petition and intentions to the saint. The writing of a prayer petition is a worldwide tradition when venerating a relic of a saint.
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