Rector Major

Trailer Novena to Mary Help of Christians 2022: under Mary's mantle

As per tradition, the videos will be available in ItalianEnglishSpanishFrench, and Portuguese on the various language channels of ANSChannel on YouTube ; but that's not all: because, as a novelty this year, to meet the large number of users who surf the web through their smartphones, they will also be made available in the same languages through the new Telegram channel connected to the website.

On the occasion of the Feast Day of Mary Help of Christians 2022, the videos and booklets accompanying the World Novena to Mary Help of Christians (15th-23rd May) promoted by the Salesian Headquarters shall be made available to all members of the Salesian Family who intend to prepare themselves adequately for this event.

The spiritual proposal for this year's novena, entrusted by the Rector Major to the group of the Salesian Family of Salesian Cooperators and produced by "IME Comunicazione srl", will focus on Mary's maternity, who welcomes and protects everyone under her mantle. Mary Help of Christians listens to the world, its requests for help, its struggles, and then she wraps it in her mantle and protects it, comforting it in her embrace.

The novena, inspired by the theme of the Strenna 2022, "Do all through of love, nothing through constraint", will take up nine invocations of the Lauretan Litanies, each of which will correspond to a theme of daily life.

Each video will alternate between different moments: a contemporary story, written by Bruno Ferrero, the commentary of the Rector Major, a Salesian reference with the testimony of a Salesian Cooperator in the world and, in the end, the final prayer of invocation to Mary.

Each video will be made visible one day in advance - the first videos will thus be made public on May 14; in any case, the trailers of the novena are already accessible today.

The booklets, produced in Italian, English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese, will be freely downloadable from the institutional website of the Congregation: and published in the same way as the videos.