Chile – Called to form a great chain of salvation

27 May 2020

(ANS - Santiago) - In the last five months humanity has experienced a period of uncertainty due to the spread of Covid-19. Millions of people have been infected and thousands have lost their lives due to the pandemic. These are difficult times when the faith of millions of believers has been tried and tested. In response, the Church has firmly set foot into the digital courtyards, so as not to lose communion with the people of God who were forced to stay in their homes for security reasons.

The Salesian Province of Chile (CIL) has broadcast the celebrations of Lent, Holy Week, and Easter through social networks and continues to accompany the Salesian Family. Last Sunday, May 24, it celebrated once again, online, the Feast of Mary Help of Christians, broadcast simultaneously through Facebook and Youtube. It enjoyed the digital participation of over 1,400 people, who connected to invoke the intercession of the Holy Virgin together.

The Eucharist was presided over in the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians in Santiago by Fr Victor Mora, Director of the Salesian center in Alameda, and was concelebrated by the Salesians of the local religious community.

In his homily, the Provincial of the Salesians in Chile, Fr Carlo Lira, broadcast by the community of the Theologate of Lo Cañas, focused his message on the connection between God, His mother, and us. “In short, God is our Help, everyone's Savior. He helped Mary so that she could be our Help of Christians. Therefore, we too can help others. Consequently, between God, Our Lady, and us, an immense and formidable chain of help, of Salvation, is formed: our Help (God), the Help of Christians (Mary), and the helpers (us) ... When we approach Mary Help of Christians, she welcomes us as a mother, but also encourages us to help others."

The quarantine and social distances did not prevent the groups of the Salesian Family from being present online at this celebration: Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Volunteers of Don Bosco, Salesian Cooperators, Past Pupils of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and Past Pupils of Don Bosco, members of the Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA), of the Community of the Don Bosco Mission, of Cançao Nova, of the groups Meeting of the Fathers in the Spirit (EPE) and Meeting of the Mothers in the Spirit (EME) and of the "Hogares Don Bosco" retreats gave life to the Liturgy of the Word, to the Eucharist, and to universal prayer, demonstrating once again the great diversity of talents and the communion of spirit that exists within the Salesian Family in Chile.

The Eucharist ended with an invitation to participate in the 2020 online collection of the Don Bosco Foundation of Chile, which will be held in June to help children, young people and adults in the city streets.

The recording and broadcast of the Mass was carried out thanks to the joint effort of the Salesian Family, the communication area and the "Caeteratolle" multimedia center.


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