Pope Relic in WNY

May 9, 2013 Updated May 10, 2013 at 8:56 AM EDT

By WKBW Admin

May 9, 2013 Updated May 10, 2013 at 8:56 AM EDT

BUFFALO (WKBW) Ascension Day mass at Corpus Christi church in Buffalo drew hundreds who came to celebrate mass but also to see the relic of Blessed Pope John Paul II.

"This is a really exciting time for Corpus Christi, and for us I call it a very priceless time," Parish Administrator Fr. Mariusz Dymek said.

Visitors lined up for a chance to see, touch, or take pictures of a golden gospel book with a vial of blood from the former Pope.

"This is really a special blessing here today, for this past week or so, that this relic has been here," Elizabeth Persson said.

"It just meant so much for me to come and see something like this," Judy Fiedler added.

John Paul II is in the process of being canonized, or made into a saint, and this relic is one part of that journey.

"This blood that we have in our church is well preserved. It's not corrupted by anything. This is the sign of god's holiness in him," Fr. Dymek said.

"He probably will be canonized someday, but even if he's never canonized, just to be so close to a part of him, is so important," Lydia Turpin added.

And as prayers were made and pictures taken, those who came to see the relic say they left with more than they came with.

"It just made me feel good, and I had my husband put my necklace on the little vile of blood just so I could take a little bit of the Pope home with me," Donna Wieczorek said.

The relic will not be at Corpus Christi for long, as they will be flown to their final home in Montreal on Friday.