30th ANNIVERSARY of the Martyrdom of Blessed Benedict Daswa:
FEAST DAY on SATURDAY 1 February 2020
CELEBRATIONS FOR THE FEAST DAY IN THE PARISH OF ṰHOHOYANḒOU at TSHITANINI Village at the site of the future Shrine
EVE OF THE FEAST ON FRIDAY 31 JANUARY 2020
From 16:00 to 21:00 on Friday 31 January people will be invited to spend a period of silent adoration, prayer and reflection in the TENT AT TSHIṰANINI. This period of immediate preparation for the Feast on 1 February will be a time of grace, reconciliation and healing.
On entering the area, people will be encouraged to spend time in silent adoration and prayerful reflection for examination of their conscience. Then the Most Blessed Sacrament will be exposed. During this quiet time, they can ponder in their hearts and ask Jesus how he wants them to be his disciples as Blessed T. S. Benedict Daswa was and how to live better that call in their daily lives.
Throughout this quiet time, priests will be available for those wishing to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This graced invitation is a precious opportunity to receive from Jesus’ Sacred Heart the forgiving and healing touch of His loving kindness and mercy. Jesus’ Heart will be there longing to pour out on all who come to Him, the grace of becoming his disciples.
After receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation, all will be encouraged to spend some quiet time in thanksgiving in front of the Most Blessed Sacrament, thanking Blessed Benedict Daswa for the example of his holy life and asking for his prayers and help in living more faithfully as Jesus’ disciples. Exposition will close with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
The conclusion of the nine days of prayers will also be prayed at the end of the evening celebration.
THE FEAST DAY – SATURDAY 1st FEBRUARY 2020
On the actual day of the Feast of Blessed Tshimangadzo Benedict Daswa, on 1st February 2020, celebrations will be held at Tshiṱanini Village, where the Beatification took place on 13 September 2015, and where the future Shrine and Pilgrimage Centre will be situated. The Road has been tarred from Dzingahe Village until the site.
From 6:30 am to 8:45 am – will be the Veneration of the Relics of Blessed T. S. Benedict Daswa
At 7:30 am the nine life stations of Blessed Daswa will be observed followed by the Prayer of the Rosary lead by lay people and the Prayer of the Litany of Blessed T. S. Benedict Daswa – Martyr of Jesus Christ
9.00 am to 11.00 Eucharistic Celebration of the Feast of Blessed Benedict Daswa presided by His Eminence Archbishop Wilfrid Napier OFM, Archbishop of Durban Archdiocese.
This will be followed by the veneration of the relics of Blessed Benedict Daswa in procession.
The Feast of Blessed Benedict Daswa has been approved by Rome for 01 February. This feast may be celebrated in all SACBC Dioceses and Parishes as a Memorial. The liturgical colour is Red as Blessed Benedict died a Martyr.
The Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has officially approved proper Liturgical texts for the Celebration of the Eucharist and for the Liturgy of the Hours. These texts are available on the official Benedict Daswa Website.
People throughout the SACBC Dioceses are encouraged to pray for the favours and graces they need during nine days prior to the Feast on 1 February.
This novena will commence on 23 January and conclude on 31 January.
People are invited to perform three acts of kindness each day of the Novena in remembrance of the three acts of charity which Blessed Benedict performed the day he was martyred.
The Blessed Daswa Novena Booklet can be used during these nine days and is available for downloading in various languages from this official Benedict Daswa Website – click on Praying through his intercession
Tshimangadzo Samuel DASWA, the firstborn son of Tshililo Petrus Daswa (Bakali) and Thidziambi Ida DASWA (Gundula), was born on 16th June 1946 in Mbahe Village situated 30 kilometres from Thohoyandou, the main town of the former Venda Homeland, Limpopo Province, South Africa in the Diocese of Tzaneen. Blessed Benedict Daswa died a martyr for the faith on 2 February 1990 and was beatified on 13 September 2015.