As parishioners spend time in prayer for the season of Lent, the Diocese of Scranton has announced that it will host the incorrupt heart of Saint Jean Vianney at the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Scranton in April.
The major relic is currently in the midst of a nationwide tour, visiting cathedrals, churches and chapels throughout the United States through June 2019.
The relic will be welcomed to the Cathedral of Saint Peter on Saturday, April 13, with the celebration of Morning Prayer at 8:30 a.m. It will remain on display for private prayer and veneration through 3 p.m. The Daily Mass will be celebrated at 12:10 p.m. and the Sacrament of Reconciliation will also be offered from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
The Shrine of Ars, France, made the relic available for its national tour, which is being hosted nationalwide by The Knights of Columbus. Before stopping in Scranton, the relic will have already visited Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.
Born in France in 1786, Jean Vianney suffered through the dark years of the French Revolution. He undertook a life of penance and prayer to draw people away from sin and closer to God. Known for his wise spiritual counsels, Father Vianney would hear confessions for up to 18 hours a day. Jean Vianney died on August 4, 1859, and was canonized by Pope Pius XI on May 31, 1925.
As the patron of parish priests, the faithful are asked to pray for their most heartfelt needs and intentions, as well as for healing within the heart of the Church.
For more information about St. Jean Vianney and the relic tour, visit http://www.dioceseofscranton.org.