Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the presentation?

Our standard presentation with the meditations is 60 minutes long.  There is always the added variable for veneration which lasts as long as people are coming forth for veneration. That part is dependent on the size of the crowd, something we have no control over. For set-up we usually need 60-90 minutes.  About half of that time is allotted to help the parish officiant understand the elements of the event, to confirm the musical program with the musicians and to instruct individuals involved in processionals or holding the relics for veneration.  Take down can usually be done in 15 to 20 minutes.

What do you charge?

We are essentially funded by free-will donations given at parish events, however special financial arrangements must be made for situations where extended travel and shipping are required.  

What exactly does the Apostolate for Holy Relics provide for an event? 

Our presentation is a packaged program that includes narration for an introduction, nine meditations and supporting prayers. We provide the accompanying musical arrangements (sheet music) for resources that the parish or presentation facility engages for the musical portions of the event.

What are the specific things that the Apostolate for Holy Relics doesn't provide for an event?

What other arrangements are required for an event? 

We need to have an individual available at the Church to unlock the doors and turn on the lights 90 minutes prior to the event and provide us with enough time (15-20 minutes) to remove all of our equipment before totally closing the church. The organist/pianist and cantor should arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the event to run through a practice session. Sheet music will be provided well ahead of time so the practice is designed to assure that all three components of the musical program will come together effectively.

A place needs to be provided for the 4th degree knights to vest prior to and store their gear for the event. In thanks for their participation in our program, 4th degree knights are invited to allow the relic of the True Cross to rest on their hearts for a personal moment with the Crucified Christ. This is usually done when veneration has been completed for all others at the very end of the event.