I am staying at Assumption Grotto parish near Gratiot and 6 Mile, Detroit. I had forgotten how beautiful the church is. More photos will come, but here are a few from my phone. After Mass in the dark church with just the altar illuminated. They use only this main altar now, thanks be to God.
A closer look at the candles.
There are many relics displayed on the reredos.
This relic has an interesting story.
This is a relic of St. Augustine Schoeffler, one of the Vietnamese Martyrs.
A description of his martyrdom:
As Father Schoeffler walked to his place of execution, a placard, which read, "He preached truly the whole charge of preaching the religion of Jesus. His crime is patent. Let Mr. Augustin be beheaded, and cast into a stream." was carried before him. Augustin Schoeffler’s head was thrown into the Red River, and was never recovered. The crowd rushed to collect relics. Some even uprooted the grass that was stained with his blood. His body was buried on the site of his execution. Two days later, local Christians exhumed the body and reburied it in a Christian village nearby.
The martyrdom of St. Augustine
St. Augustine Schoeffler was the nephew of the people who owned the land which was donated for the building of this parish, Assumption Grotto, one of the oldest parishes in Detroit. What a connection for this parish to have this wonderful relic.
Someone who teaches us more about the meaning of vera pax, verus amor, vera iustitia.