The sacred relic of St Francis Xavier arrives at Xavier Catholic College in Hervey Bay.
The sacred relic of St Francis Xavier arrives at Xavier Catholic College in Hervey Bay. Carlie Walker

Relic of Saint Francis Xavier has arrived at college in Bay

THE sacred relic of St Francis Xavier has arrived at Xavier Catholic College where students have lined the path to catch a glimpse of the right hand and forearm.

The right forearm of the Saint Francis Xavier at Saint Francis Xavier Church Montmorency in Melbourne, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. The forearm which is claimed to have belonged to the Saint Francis Xavier who died in 1552 is currently touring Australia.
The right forearm of the Saint Francis Xavier at Saint Francis Xavier Church Montmorency in Melbourne, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. The forearm which is claimed to have belonged to the Saint Francis Xavier who died in 1552 is currently touring Australia. AAP Image/Julian Smith

Hymns played in the background as the relic, carried by the school's captains and vice captains, was taken to the main hall were a liturgy will be recited.

The relic is following the same path Year 12 students will take as they prepare to leave the school for the final time in a few weeks.

A cross, a statue of St Francis and a single candle adorn the stage of the main hall of the school, which is named after the saint.

Along with Xavier students, there are pupils from several other local schools and from St Joseph's Catholic parish in attendance.

Xavier teacher Adam Weier described it as a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The relic finished it's journey through the main hall to the strains of Ave Maria.

After the liturgy, there will be an opportunity to view the relic.



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