Novena for Feast of Immaculate Conception at Basilica of St. Francis
At the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Fr. Augustin Vereș, O.F.M.Conv., Pastor St. Anthony of Padua Church in San Benedetto del Tronto (AP) will offer the reflections for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception from November 29 to December 7, 2016.
The Novena program is as follows:
• 29 November to 7 December: Evening Eucharistic Celebration at 5:00 PM
• Rosary at 6:00 PM and at 18.30
• Solemn Vespers with homily by Fr. Augustin Vereș.
Each evening the Basilica Choir will perform the Marian Hymn, "Tota Pulchra" by different authors.
• Saturday, December 3: 5:00 PM Solemn Mass presided by His Excellency Roberto Carboni, Bishop of Ales-Terralba, Sardinia. During the celebration, there will be the priestly ordination of Fr. Peter Zhao, and the diaconal ordination of Fr Daniel Li.
• Thursday December 8: Solemnity of Mary Immaculate. 5:00 PM Solemn Mass presided by Card. Peter Turkson, Prefect of the Congregation for the Integral Human Development Service. During the Mass there will be an act of entrustment to Mary Immaculate. The Basilica Choir will perform the "Tota Pulchra" by Alessandro Borroni, O.F.M.Conv.
• To see the celebration by live streaming, click here.
After the Mass the blessing of the Christmas Crib and lighting of the Christmas tree in the Lower Square will be broadcast live by the National TV RAI with the participation of:
• Vera Baboun, Mayor of Bethlehem,
• Rev. Don Marco Ruffini, Archpriest of the Co-Cathedral of Norcia, severely hit by the earthquake of October 30,
• and a representative of the Piedmont region.
For the full program of the Novena in Italian, click here.