Worldwide, 16 May 2023 -- As with every year, these 9 days before the Novena to Mary Help of Christians are a very special time of grace, prayer, common reflection and spiritual animation for the whole Salesian Family. Thanks to the already established 'Salesian system' of preparing for this 24 May Solemnity in the family, most of the EAO provinces are ready to follow the proposed novena videos made this year on the 'Yeast' Strenna theme of the Rector Major - with their translation in respective EAO languages, like the Korean version already online (www.ibosco.net) or distributed through the Salesian Family WhatsApp or other SNS groups in each province.
Each of the 9 videos (15 minutes each) brings us to Valdocco, Basilica Mary Help of Christians, with a brief and profound comment by the Rector Major,followed this year by the Past Pupils of Don Bosco heartfelt testimonies from all corners of the Salesian world. The final part of each meditation indicates a pilgrimage to the most significant Marian shrines around all continents.
- May 15: Mary, woman of the bread
- May 16: Mary, the everyday woman
- May 17: Mary, a woman without rhetoric
- May 18: Mary, woman in love
- May 19: Mary, a woman set apart
- May 20: Mary, the brave woman
- May 21: Mary, woman of silence
- May 22: Mary, woman of our times
- May 23: Mary, woman of the last hour
With this year's novena's meditations you not only join Mary on her faith journey but are also inspired by so many creative and committed Past Pupils of Don Bosco from all continents.
Mary, Help of Christians, pray for us!
- Novena to Mary Help of Christians 2023 (animation booklet)
- Novena to Mary Help of Christians 2022 (animation booklet)
- Novena MHC 2023: Video (everyday 15 minutes - ENGLISH YouTube channel)
- Novena MHC 2023 - Korean edition