In preparation for the Jubilee of the Jubilee Year, the Triduum started in the church of St. Alphonsus, Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Rome on June 24, Wednesday. The celebration began at 6.00 pm with the Novena and was attended by a good number of Redemptorists and a large number of faithful. Then followed the Eucharistic celebration presided over by Fr. Giovanni Congiu, CSsR., provincial superior of the Province of Rome and preacher of this Triduum.
In his homily, he said that this jubilee year is not just a date to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the handing over of the icon by Pope Pius IX to the Redemptorist missionaries, but this is also an occasion to thank God for everything He has done in each place where the Redemptorists have spread this devotion. We celebrate this anniversary with the slogan “Mother of Perpetual Help – icon of love”, which is the love of God for humanity, and also in the same way, we can say that the icon of Redemption, because it reminds us that it is a providential that this icon has been placed in the care of the Redemptorists.
Beginning of the Triduum, here in this sanctuary in Rome, has a special significance, that is, the communion with all the shrines and parishes of the world that are under the protection of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Let us pray together for all the intentions, especially for our families, so that by means of this icon of love, married couples live in unity and fidelity, families live in love, parents love their children and the children love their parents. Mary, Mother of Perpetual Help, help each family to grow in love for God and neighbor so that our life is lived in joy and peace.
Fr. Mauricio Monroy, CSsR