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The relic of Saint Pedro Calungsod was warmly welcomed by thousands of catholic devotees, seminarians, youths and members of the clergy from the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia when it arrived in Vigan City Saturday afternoon.
It was about 4:00 in the afternoon Saturday when the relic of Saint Pedro arrived at the bridge between Bantay town and Vigan City and was transferred into a well – decorated antique cart pulled by the honor guards of the Knights of Columbus during its procession going to the Conversion of Saint Paul Metropolitan Cathedral.
Monsignor Vicente Avila, the parish priest of Saint Paul Metropolitan Cathedral, said the relic of Saint Pedro Calungsod arrived at the Laoag International Airport at about 11:00 a.m.
“Upon its arrival at Laoag International Airport, the relic was brought via motorcade to the Saint William Cathedral of the Diocese of Laoag for a concelebrated mass.
Afterwards, another motorcade was held to bring the relic to the boundary of Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur in Sinait town for his visit to the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia in Vigan City, Avila said.
At the cathedral, the relic was welcomed by Bishop Ernesto Salgado of the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia and Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian of the Diocese of Bangued.
“When Saint Pedro Calungsod’s relic installed at the altar of our cathedral, a prayer for his intercession was offered to him followed by a concelebrated mass jointly officiated by Bishops Salgado and Jaucian,” Avila said.
“After the mass, a procession of the relic was held around Vigan City before it returned to the cathedral where it stayed overnight,” he added.
He said before the relic’s departure from Vigan City going to Dagupan City on Sunday, Bishop Salgado officiated again a concelebrated mass at 6:00 a.m.
Before the relic was brought to Dagupan City, it made a stop-over at the San John De Sahagun Church in Candon City.
In his homily, Bishop Salgado mentioned three important things that should be in the minds of the catholic faithful on the visit of Saint Pedro Calungsod in the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia.
“The first thing was to honor and offer thanksgiving for the canonization of Saint Pedro Calungsod; the second thing was to respond to the graces given by God to Saint Pedro by looking at his sacrifices and strong faith to God and by asking for his intercession for the strengthening of our faith to God; and third, is to show the heroism and martyrdom of Saint Pedro – the second Filipino saint,” Salgado said.