Novena to Mary Help of Christians, 2019 edition

08 May 2019

(ANS – Rome – May 2) – Given last year’s success, the experience of the world novena to Mary Help of Christians is being repeated in 2019, with testimonies on sanctity in the Salesian Family and commentary by the Fr. Angel Fernandez Artime.

The initiative, launched for the first time for the 150th anniversary of the consecration of the basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Turin, in May 2018, is repeated again this year, which is the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA), which has scheduled its 8th International Congress of Mary Help of Christians for this November in Buenos Aires.

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 Salesian Family Spirituality Days in January. 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. The videos will present:

– one of the Salesian Beatitudes;
– a motto related to Mary’s Magnificat;
– 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 will be available in 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 novena will begin on May 15.

The initiative of the novena to Mary Help of Christians is promoted by the Rector Major, with the support of the Society’s Communications Department, 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 can thus be used for prayer and animation in the communities, in parishes, and in all the centers of the Salesian Family across the globe.

A video presentation of the novena (in Italian and Spanish) is already available on the ANSChannel.