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Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower
1715 N. Zarzamora St., San Antonio, Texas 78201
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower (Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and St. Thérèse Parish), is commemorating the Feast Day of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, the parish patron saint, known as “The Little Flower,” Sept. 30-Oct. 1.
On Monday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m., the archbishop, Most Rev. Gustavo Garcia-Siller, M.Sp.S., will preside at the Solemn Mass of the Roses. This traditional liturgical celebration is hosted annually by the Discalced Carmelite Fathers of San Antonio and the Little Flower Parish community. The traditional shower of rose petals during the mass is in remembrance of St. Therese's promise: «I will let fall from heaven… a shower of roses.» Roses, blessed by the… archbishop, will be distributed to participants after the celebration.
On Sunday, Sept. 30, a special ceremony, the Transit of St. Thérèse, will be held at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Vigil Mass at 6:30 p.m. The ceremony, instituted in 2008 by Little Flower pastor Fr. Luis Gerardo Belmonte-Luna, OCD, narrates the saint’s last conversations before her death. The 24-year-old Carmelite nun invites us to contemplate her encounter with the Lord as she said: “I am not dying; I am entering into a new life.”
On Sunday, Oct. 7, the community celebration will continue with the Rose Festival, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Festivities will include live music, refreshments, Loteria and children's activities. Chicken plates are offered between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. For more information and presale tickets, call the parish office at (210) 735-9126.
Leading up to the Solemnity of St. Thérèse, sung novena masses will be held at 6 p.m. daily, Sept. 22-30.
To be installed in the tomb chapel for the Feast Day is a statue of Our Lady of the Smile, a representation of the statue of Mary that the young Thérèse, when she was bedridden in 1883, saw smile upon her, leading to her healing.
«Love is repaid by love alone.» — St. Therese of Lisieux, The Little Flower