News Release: San Pascual Baylon Relic Arrives

A 15th century relic of San Pascual Baylon arrived May 2, 2013  in Manila, Philippines, via FEDEX from Vila-Real, Spain, where San Pascual spent his last days at the Franciscan Monastery there. The nuns at the Basilica San Pascual Baylon have prepared the relic, complete with authentication papers.

Romeo Magcuro Jr., of the NBI and relic project coordinator, received the relic at 2:30 p.m. at his Manila office.  On May 3, Guinaronanhons in Metro Manila offered a prayer vigil and a simple Bienvenida repast in honor of San Pascual.  May 5, the relic was brought to the Guinarona-Metro Manila fiesta in Pateros, wherein the saint’s fans and devotees were jubilant. From Manila, the relic will be hand-carried to its final home at the San Pascual Baylon Shrine in Guinarona, Leyte, and will be installed May 15 in time for the completion of its display quarters and the post-centennial Guinarona fiesta, May 16-17.

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San Pascual Baylon. The saint’s relic will be installed in Guinarona May 15, 2013.
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Amazing synchronicity of May 13, 2013. The rays of the sun on the left and Guinarona’s San Pascual Baylon relic on the right.

The relic is a piece of the saint’s bone, based on the certificate of authenticity, and therefore Class A.  In a sense, this is poetic justice to the people of Guinarona, who lost their century old San Pascual Baylon icon in June 2010. The relic’s arrival will hopefully encourage the thieves to return the lost image.

Pascual was born at Torrehermosa, in the Kingdom of Aragon, on 24 May 1540, on the Feast of Pentecost, called in Spain “the Pasch (or “Passover”) of the Holy Ghost”, hence the name Pascual. His parents, Martin Baylon and Elizabeth Jubera, were poor peasants. He spent his youth as a shepherd. He would carry a book with him and beg passersby to teach him the alphabet and to read, and as he toiled in the fields he would read religious books.

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Alconchel in Spain is where San Pascual Baylon performed his first miracle, namely drawing water from a barren rock to slake the thirst of his fellow shepherd.

In around 1564, he joined the Reformed Franciscan Order (Alcantarine Reform) as a lay brother. He chose to live in poor monasteries because, he said, “I was born poor and am resolved to die in poverty and penance.” He lived a life of poverty and prayer, even praying while working, for the rest of his life.

He was a mystic and contemplative, and he had frequent ecstatic visions. He would spend the night before the altar in prayer many nights. At the same time, he sought to downplay any glory that might come from this piety. He died on 17 May, which is his current feast day, in 1592. (Source: Wikipedia)

San Pascual Baylon’s most famous miracle was when, as a child shepherd, he caused water to gush out of a barren rock just to slake the thirst of a fellow shepherd.

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