Relics of Ss. Louis and Zélie

St. Theresa of Lisieux is one of the most popular saints in the Catholic Church, along with Francis of Assisi, and she is even more notable because her parents are also both canonized saints. The relics of the parents–Louis and Zélie Martin–were brought to Cambodia and have traveled throughout the country for the veneration of the faithful. Bishop Olivier brought the relics to the liturgy of the English community at World Vision on Saturday, 14 September..

The relics are contained in a metal box, called a reliquary, and it is covered with a plastic dome. The reliquary is quite substantial and weights 90 kg (198 lbs). It takes four men to carry it. Here it is being taken from the truck that carried it to World Vision.
The reliquary would not fit into the small elevator and had to be carried up to the fourth floor auditorium. Here it comes in the entrance procession to its place on the gold table in front of the altar. The photograph is of Louis and Zélie who died in the second half of the 1800s.
Fr. Charlie welcomes Bishop Olivier to the English community.
During his homily after the gospel Bishop Olivier explained a little about the marriage of Louis and Zélie Martin and how they are a model of mission.
At the end of the liturgy, the faithful were invited to come near the reliquary to venerate the relics of these two saints of the modern era.