RMG – Feast of Mary Help of Christians: world novena booklets available in 5 languages, Turin program confirmed

13 May 2021

(ANS - Rome) - A little more than 10 days from the Feast Day of Mary Help of Christians, two important innovations arrive for Salesian Family members who intend to prepare adequately for this anniversary: ​​first of all, the booklets to accompany them are now available online, booklets for the celebration of the world Novena promoted by the Salesian Headquarters; also, the program of the celebrations scheduled for 23 and 24 May at the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Turin was officially clarified.

The booklets saw the joint coordination of the Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA), "IME Comunicazione" and ANS, the Salesian News Agency. For each day of the Novena, they present the biblical reference to be used for reflection, the fulfillment of the Gospel passage, an episode taken from the life of Don Bosco and the final prayer. The interventions of witnesses and influencers remain accessible, instead, exclusively through the novena videos.

The booklets have been prepared in Italian, English, Spanish, French and Portuguese and are freely downloadable on the Congregation's institutional website: www.sdb.org.

The videos of the first day of the novena will be available on ANSChannel starting today, May 13, as regards the English language. In the other languages (Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese and with Polish subtitles), they will be available from tomorrow, May 14th. The publication of the videos will proceed in the same way for all the following days, with the videos in English available two days in advance and those in other languages one day in advance.

Also from tomorrow, May 14, always on the SDB.ORG site, it will also be possible to start downloading the novena videos in various languages.

Finally, for May 24, and for the vigil of the previous day, the program of the official celebrations from the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Turin was published.

On Sunday 23 May, Msgr. Cesare Nosiglia, archbishop of Turin, will preside over the evening mass at 18:30. Later, at 8.30 pm, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, will preside over the recitation of the Rosary from the courtyard of Valdocco and offer the Salesian "good night".

On Monday 24, the Rector Major will preside over the Eucharist at 6:30 pm. Also in this case, at 20:30, a meditated Rosary will follow, with a final prayer of entrustment to the Help of Christians.

The Eucharist of 23 May at 6.30 pm (presided over by Mgr Nosiglia) and that of 24 May at 6.30 pm (presided over by Rector Major) shall be broadcast live on the ANS Facebook page.


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