CHAMPION, Wis. (WBAY) – The Marian apparition shrine in Brown County becomes even more steeped in religious history this weekend.
The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion welcomes “Relics of the Passion” Friday and Saturday.
Catholic leaders say these eight rare and holy artifacts include a piece from the cross Jesus was crucified on, a piece of the thorn crown he wore the day of his crucifixion, a thread from his burial wrappings and a stone from the room of the Last Supper.
Organizers will be in town until Saturday from 1 to 2:30.
“If you went to a number of cathedrals in Rome, the Holy Land, you might get to see them all but you still wouldn’t have the program which gives you the encounter with Jesus in his Passion relative to those relics,” said Denise Serafini, senior event coordinator with Apostolate for Holy Relics.
The tour is a way to appreciate the origins, history and spiritual value of the holy relics.
“Having this particular presentation at the shrine is a great gift for the Apostolate for sure but also for all the individuals who walk in front of these relics and touch them,” said Serafini.
Paying a visit from Darboy on Friday were the Holy Spirit Parish School children.
“It was pretty cool because we got to see everything that the apostles had and things were from Jesus’s time,” said Own Ley, a student.
The program itself is meditative and at times emotional for visitors getting the chance to see these relics up close and personal.
“You can see people crying, you can see people really quiet, you can almost hear a pin drop between these meditations. It is very quiet,” said Serafini.
On Monday the shrine welcomes “Relics of the Saints,” a collection of 150 artifacts that can be viewed by the faithful starting at 2 p.m.