Padre Pio Chalice Veil
Beautiful purple damask Chalice veil, with exquisite embroidery depicting Padre Pio. The embroidery is embellished with faux pearls.
Size - 22 inches / 56cm square. Custom sizes available on request. Please email email@example.com
Personalised dedications can be embroidered onto the lining of this garment from £50+. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your requirements.
Padre Pio, also known as Saint Pio of Pietrelcina - patron saint of confessors, was a Capuchin friar, priest, stigmatist, and mystic. He was both beatified (1999) and canonized (2002) By Pope Saint John Paul II.
On September 20, 1918, while hearing confessions, Padre Pio had his first occurrence of the stigmata: bodily marks, pain, and bleeding in locations corresponding to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ. This phenomenon continued for fifty years, until the end of his life. The blood flowing from the stigmata smelled of perfume or flowers, a phenomenon mentioned in stories of the lives of several saints and often referred to as the odour of sanctity. Though Padre Pio said he would have preferred to suffer in secret, by early 1919, news about the stigmatic friar began to spread in the secular world. Padre Pio’s wounds were examined by many people, including physicians.
People who had started rebuilding their lives after World War I, began to see in Padre Pio a symbol of hope. Those close to him attest that he began to manifest several spiritual gifts, including the gifts of healing, bilocation, levitation, prophecy, miracles, extraordinary abstinence from both sleep and nourishment (one account states that Padre Agostino recorded one instance in which Padre Pio was able to subsist for at least 20 days at Verafeno on only the Eucharist without any other nourishment), the ability to read hearts, the gift of tongues, the gift of conversions, and the fragrance from his wounds.
Many people said that when stepping into the confessional with Padre Pio, he was able to tell them their sins before they even said a thing! His feast day is September 23rd.