Slovenia – "Šmarnice" popular Marian devotion on the Servant of God Fr Andrej Majcen, SDB

02 May 2024

(ANS – Ljubljana) – In the Marian month in Slovenia there is a widespread so-called "Šmarnice" Marian devotion, so named because it takes its name from the flowers in May, the "lilies of the valley". It is a devotion that includes a short account for each day of the month  about a character or an event in relation to the Blessed Virgin Mary and a task to be put into practice for the listeners. This year this devotion is enriched with a particular Salesian touch.

The Slovenian Catechetical Office, under the auspices of the Slovenian Bishops' Conference, has in fact chosen the story entitled "Tvoj talent šteje" as the guide text for the "Šmarnice " 2024. Zgodba o misijonarju Andreju Majcnu” (Your talent counts. The story of missionary Andrej Majcen), published by the "Salve" Salesian publisher and written by very active publicist Mrs Barbara Kastelec,  in the Salesian parish of Rakovnik, Ljubljana, who together with her whole family is very devout and grateful to the Servant of God, Salesian and missionary, Fr Andrej Majcen.

This choice has filled the Slovenian Salesian Family with joy, also in consideration of the different anniversaries that are celebrated in 2024: the 120th anniversary of the birth of Father Majcen (1904), the 25th anniversary of his death (1999), and the 100th anniversary of his arrival at the Salesian house in Rakovnik (1924).

Fr Marko Košnik, Superior of the Salesian Saints Cyril and Methodius Province of Slovenia (SLO) writes in the presentation of the book: "The life of Fr Andrej Majcen is presented here through the vivid images of the daily environment. It is not something idealised, but very ordinary, the kind we also experience. Things are unfolding before us that sometimes even seem irrelevant. You could wait for the supernatural to leave more marks. But even the smallest thing could become important for the continuation of Andrej Majcen's journey to holiness. ”

The story, which in May will be read in several hundred Slovenian parishes, will thus accompany thousands of children, adolescents and young adults considering the main stages of life of the Slovenian Salesian Servant of God, and through a map and a collection of stickers will also allow them to know the sanctified life of this Son of Don Bosco, a missionary in China and Vietnam in the last century, who was always very devoted to Mary Help of Christians.


ANS - “Agenzia iNfo Salesiana” is a on-line almost daily publication, the communication agency of the Salesian Congregation enrolled in the Press Register of the Tibunal of Rome as n 153/2007.

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