The initiative, launched for the first time in May 2018, for the 150th anniversary of the consecration of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Turin, is repeated again this year, seeing as it is the 150th anniversary celebration of the foundation of the Association of Mary Help of Christians, which has scheduled its VIII International Congress of Mary Help of Christians (in Buenos Aires, Argentina) this next November.
If last year the guiding theme was Don Bosco's dreams, this year the novena deepens "the beatitudes of the Salesian Family", presented by the Rector Major at the last Spirituality Days of the Salesian Family. In this way the novena, in addition to being a tribute to Mary Help of Christians and an instrument of devotional unity among all the groups of the Salesian Family, again relaunches the central theme of the 2019 Strenna: the sanctity of everyday life.
The structure of the novena provides a different video for each day which will present:
- one of the Salesian Beatitudes;
- a motto related to the Magnificat of Mary;
- a testimony from a member of the Salesian Family on a figure of Salesian holiness;
- the comment of the Rector Major;
- the final prayer.
The novena videos shall be available in six languages (Italian, English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Polish) on various channels: the sdb.org site, the ANS channel on YouTube, and the ANS Facebook page. The beginning is expected for May 15th.
The initiative of the Novena to Mary Help of Christians is promoted by the Rector Major, with the support of the Department for Social Communication, and produced by ANS, in collaboration with "IME Comunicazione". Fr Bruno Ferrero, SDB, Director of the Italian Salesian Bulletin, Fr Carlo Cassatella and Antonella Colucci collaborated on the texts.
The videos of the novena, together with the texts - which will also be shared, through the ANS website - can thus be used for prayer and animation in the communities, in the parishes and in all the centers of the Salesian Family across the globe.