The Youth Cross and the Blood Relic of St. Pope John Paul II will grace the Thomasian community on May 15 and 16, 2019.
Upon its arrival on May 15, the relic will be paraded from the Arch of the Centuries to the UST Martyr’s Monument starting 2:00 p.m. The liturgy will follow suit.
Moreover, the Solemn Mass in honor of St. Pope John Paul II will start at 5 p.m. at the Santísimo Rosario Parish. The Vice-Rector for Religious Affairs Rev. Fr. Pablo T. Tiong, O.P. will be the main celebrant, while former Rector Rev. Fr. Rolando V. de la Rosa, O.P., PhD, SThD, will deliver the homily.
It was during Fr. Dela Rosa’s rectorship when St. Pope John Paull II visited the University to deliver his World Youth Day message in 1995.
After the Mass, the relic will be paraded to the Main Building canopy for public veneration, while the Youth Vocation Festival will take place at the Plaza Mayor.
The relic will return to the Santisimo Rosario Parish for the 9:15 p.m. Mass, and public veneration will resume at 11 p.m.
Rite of Farewell
On May 16, 2019, the public veneration of the relic will start after the regular morning masses at the Santisimo Rosario Parish and will end at 11 a.m. to give way to the farewell mass.
The relic is a vial that contains the saint’s blood, still in liquid form, which was extracted in 2005 before the saint’s passing.
Only seven vials exist, kept in Churches around the world.
This event was organized by the Center for Campus Ministry.