(ANS - Rome) – 2018 celebrates the 150th anniversary of the inauguration and consecration of Turin's Basilica of Mary Help of Christians (1868-2018). To mark this important anniversary, the Rector Major of the Salesians, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, with the support of the Dicastery for Social Communication, has launched an initiative to unite the whole Salesian Family in prayer around Mary: a "global" novena to Mary Help of Christians in view of the festivities (May 24) via videos to be made available in the next few days on various channels.
Each day the structure of the novena shall include:
- the presentation of the daily theme by the Rector Major;
- the narration of one of Don Bosco's dreams, selected among the main dreams in which the Virgin Mary appears, published in the texts curated by Fr Bruno Ferrero, Director of the Italian Salesian Bulletin;
- the Rector Major's commentary on the dream;
- a brief testimony of a member of the Salesian Family;
- concluding invocations.
Produced thanks to the collaboration of the Social Communication team of the Southern Italy Province (IME), the videos have been designed to be shared, broadcast and used in moments of community prayer in Salesian and Salesian Family houses all over the world, as well as in the traditional moments of the Salesian "good morning" or "good night" in parishes and oratories.
Starting May 14th, they will be placed daily on the ANS website and made available also in French and Portuguese.
Those wishing to provide for their translation into other languages may request the materials from ANS's editors.
On ANSChannel there is a video presentation of the novena.
- Maria Ausiliatrice
- Rettor Maggiore
- Ángel Fernández Artime
- Comunicazione Sociale