(Rome) The Public Veneration of the Icon of Mother of Perpetual Help began in the Church of St. Alphonsus, Rome on 26th of April, 1866. This year April 26 marks the 152nd Anniversary of the public veneration of the Icon which was handed over to the Redemptorists by Pope Pius IX. On this occasion, the Shrine of Mother of Perpetual Help, Rome is organizing a three day celebration from 26th to 29th April 2018.
On 26th Evening the services began with prayers, reflecting on the icon of the Mother of Perpetual Help, followed by the Eucharistic celebration and ended with a Musical Concert based on the devotion to the Mother. The theme of the feast was “Our Lady’s intercession heals the roots of our wounded world from the depth of redemption of the Risen Lord.”
Monsignor Gianrico Ruzza, Secretary General of the Vicariate of Rome, presided over the Eucharist on 26th. During the Mass, he preached on the role of Mary who continues to intercede for the redemption of whole humanity.
These three days of cebration is a special time of grace for all those who participate and join in prayer and supplication.
The Program for 26-28 April 2018
6.00 pm Prayer of Contemplation
6.30 pm the Holy Eucharist
7.30 pm the Musical Concert
There will be a special prayer of Surrender to the Mother of Perpetual Help at the end of all the Masses on Sunday 29.
The themes of each day’s clebration are as follows:
Thursday 26: The Risen Christ is the power of God who wins the empire of corruption
Friday 27: The Risen Christ is the prophecy against the greed coming from bad economic gain
Saturday 28: The Risen Christ is the strength for the hearts of “good people” who overcomes omission and indolence