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Parish Church in Guayaquil, Ecuador

On Tuesday, October 2, 2001, the feast of the Holy Guardian Angels and anniversary of the founding of Opus Dei, Archbishop Juan Larre Holguin consecrated the altar and blessed the new parish church dedicated to Blessed Josemaria Escriva. The church, situated in a residential zone of Guayaquil that has undergone considerable urban development in recent years, was financed entirely by donations.

“Blessed Josemaria must be very happy in heaven,” said Archbishop Larrea in the homily of the Mass before more than six hundred people, “seeing that in this place, which from now on is holy, God is honored, and the Blessed Virgin, Saint Joseph and all the angels and saints are loved. On this feast of the Holy Guardian Angels, we ask these spirits who unceasingly serve our God to protect this church and its most precious treasure, Jesus’ sacramental presence in the tabernacle. May they intercede for and watch over all those present and their families, as well as for those who have helped to construct this place of prayer, and for all who have generously provided the required financial means.”

“We should especially mention,” added Archbishop Larrea, “the present Prelate of Opus Dei, Bishop Javier Echevarría, who has sent us a relic ex ossibus of Blessed Josemaria. It will be venerated on the Blessed Sacrament altar, together with a relic from the Holy Cross of our Redeemer.”

Romana, No. 33, July-December 2001, pag. 204.