You have the chance to get a look at the remains of a biblical icon.
A bone from the body of Mary Magdalene is in central Illinois Thursday and Friday.
It's part of a traveling display from France making its way through Catholic churches across the country. Click here to read more about the American tour. Click here for more information from Magdalene Publishing.
Leaders say seeing the relic is a once in a lifetime opportunity. The bone arrived in Peoria Wednesday.
"We have a piece of bone from Mary Magdalene and that's amazing because it's a part of her earthly body. Because she's in heaven and that she's here in my church," Peoria Catholic Deb Shanahan said.
On Thursday, March 14, the relic will be at St. Hyacinth's Church in LaSalle, Ill. According to the newspaper of the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois The Catholic Post, a candlelight procession with students from Trinity Catholic Academy will accompany the relic into the church at 9:15 a.m. A Mass with the students will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Confessions will be available in English and Spanish from 11 a.m. to noon, when another Mass in English will be celebrated. Confessions continue at 2 p.m., with a Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 p.m. followed by the chaplet and litany to St. Mary Magdalene. Deacon Devine will speak at 5 p.m. A Spanish chaplet and litany will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a Spanish Mass at 7 p.m.
On Friday, March 15, the relic will be at St. Philomena's Church in Peoria, Ill. The Catholic Post reports that mass Mass will be held at 7 a.m., preceded by a candlelight procession. Mass at 8 a.m., and a school Mass at 9 a.m. with preaching by Deacon Devine. The spiritual talk by Deacon Devine follows at 10, with confessions at 11 a.m. The chaplet and litany to St. Mary Magdalene begins at 1 p.m. with upper grades of school children participating. The sacrament of reconciliation will again be offered at 5 p.m., followed by Mass at 5:30 p.m. Living Stations with the children begin at 6 p.m., and the relic departs at 7 p.m.
On Friday, March 15 a variety of opportunities are planned when the relic is welcomed to the Community of St. John, 11227 W. Legion Hall Road in Princeville, Ill. The Catholic Post reports. All-night adoration with the relic is planned Friday, March 15, in the Brothers?? Chapel. Here is an interactive map of the location.Also at the Community of St. John, 11227 W. Legion Hall Road in Princeville, Ill. on Saturday, March 16: 6:15 a.m. silent prayer (Brothers?? Chapel); 7 a.m., Lauds; 8 a.m., Stations of the Cross led by Father Thomas Michelet, OP; 9 a.m. talk by Deacon James Devine; 10 a.m., procession to the Apostolic Sisters praying the Chaplet to St. Mary Magdalene; 10:30 a.m., confessions; 11 a.m., procession to the Contemplative Sisters praying the Litany to St. Mary Magdalene; 11:45 a.m., Mass (Contemplative Sisters); 2 p.m., relic departs for 4 p.m. Mass at St. Mary??s Cathedral, Peoria; 9 p.m., vigils for Sunday at the Sisters?? Chapel with the relics. The Sisters?? Chapel will remain open all night for veneration of the relic. Also at the Community of St. John, 11227 W. Legion Hall Road in Princeville, Ill. on Sunday, March 17: 6 a.m., silent prayer (Sisters?? Chapel); 7 a.m., Lauds, followed by procession to the Brothers?? Chapel, praying the Litany to St. Mary Magdalene; 9 a.m., spiritual talk by Deacon Devine; 11:15 a.m., Mass followed by the Chaplet to St. Mary Magdalene, 2 p.m., relic departs. On Monday, March 18th the relic will make a stop at the Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother at 318 North 8th Street in Vandalia, Ill. Music Ministry of Annie Karto followed by 10 a.m. Mass; Chaplet to Saint Mary Magdalene at 12 p.m. noon; Stations of the Cross at 1 p.m.; Spiritual Talk: "St. Mary Magdalene and the Most Holy Eucharist," to be held at 3 p.m.; Litany to Saint Mary Magdalene held at 4:30 p.m.; Special Mass to be held at 5 p.m. and Veneration all day until 7 p.m. On Tuesday, March 19th the relic will be at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at 524 East Lawrence in Springfield, Ill. Prayer Services, Spiritual Talks, Stations of the Cross and times of Veneration to be announced. Bishop Paprocki will celebrate the 5:15 p.m. Mass. For more listings on the 2013 Tour of the Relic of Saint Mary Magdalene, click here. Future locations include Pana, Ill.; St. Louis, Mo. and Brentwood, Mo.