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Venerating the 'Little Flower'
BBC Tees' Sue Richards
By Sue Richards
BBC Tees

The relics of St Therese of Lisieux came to St Mary's Cathedral in Coulby Newham from Friday 2 October until Saturday 3 October, 2009.
The Bishop anointing the sick and elderly
The Bishop anointing the sick and elderly

The relics are said to give a renewed sense of vocation, and came to Teesside as part of their UK tour.

The Bishop was also on hand to anoint the sick and elderly worshippers.

Despite the bad weather, large crowds turned up to venerate the relics, which were open to the public from 2pm on Friday until 12noon on Saturday.

BBC Tees' Sue Richards joined the crowds to see the St Therese relics

I'd never heard of St Therese until a month ago and wanted to find out what was so special about this revered young girl who became a nun at 15, died at 24 and became the well loved saint commonly known as 'Little Flower'.

When I arrived at the cathedral I was surprised to see it packed and people waiting outside.

Many were there because they or someone they knew were ill and were hoping for comfort or as one lady put it, "Miracles can happen, can't they?"

You could feel the anticipation inside the cathedral as the bells rang and the procession began... the casket had arrived... we were in the presence of St Therese!

I have never been so moved by such a collective show of faith, you could feel it.

On Saturday I went along for the last ceremony led by Monsignor Lagoutte, rector of the shrine at Lisieux, and attended by Sister Marie Monique.

During the service Bishop Terence Drainey was given a relic from St Therese's parents by the visitors.

The anointing was a very touching scene, and as the relics left many followed outside for a last glimpse, a last touch, and to lay a last flower on the casket.

Bishop Terry gave her a European send off, waving his handkerchief, Au revoir St Therese.




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