Blessed Nicholas relics at our church

Father Paul Dowling.
Father Paul Dowling.

In Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Market Weighton we are awaiting a special event.

On 7 May we take on loan the relics of a holy man and priest called Blessed Nicholas Postgate who was an English Catholic priest and ministered mostly around the area of the North York Moors.

St Mary's Roman Catholic Church Market Weighton.

St Mary's Roman Catholic Church Market Weighton.

He was born at Egton, North Yorkshire in 1596/7 and entered Douay College in France on 11 July 1621, where he was ordained as a priest in 1628.

He was sent to mission in England on 29 June 1630, finally settling back to Ugthorpe, not far from his birthplace, in the 1660s.

Bl Nicholas was executed, aged 82, in 1679 for the faith that he professed and because martyrs died for being nothing other than a good and holy person, imitating the death of Jesus, they are considered to be especially blessed by God.

Therefore they and their possessions are highly honoured.

A relic is an object that is held in reverence and venerated as being part of the holy person.

In our case, the relics of Blessed Nicholas Postgate are some of his bones.

Veneration of relics has a role in several religious traditions including Buddhism, and it has been part of Cathloic tradition since the earliest days of the Church.

Its origins in Christianity probably lie in the ancient practice of celebrating the Eucharist on the tombs of martyrs.

Veneration of relics has enjoyed widespread popularity since the Middle Ages and they are usually kept in ornately decorated containers called Reliquaries.

We will have the relics between the Holy Days of the Ascension of the Lord and Pentecost.

So a special time of the year when we can take inspiration from Bl Nicholas Postgate as we contemplate our Chrisitan discileship.

We are certain that he is praying for us as we live the teachings of Christ today.