The Feast of Blessed Benedict Daswa has been approved by Rome for 1 February. This feast can be celebrated in all SACBC Dioceses 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 have been sent to Mariannhill Mission Press for printing, and will also be available online on the Benedict Daswa Website.
THE 2017 CELEBRATIONS FOR THE FEAST OF BLESSED BENEDICT DASWA TAKES PLACE IN THE PARISH OF THOHOYANDOU,DIOCESE OF TZANEEN, LIMPOPO PROVINCE,SOUTH AFRICA
THE VENUE will be in GOOD SHEPHERD CHURCH at NGOVHELA.The directions to the venue are as follows: From Thohoyandou, the distance to Ngovhela is 6 km. Take the main road crossing through Thohoyandou town. Continue after the three traffic lights, climbing the main road to Sibasa, until the traffic light near the petrol station CALTEX and then, turn left after the petrol station CALTEX direction of NZHELELE – N1 – MUSINA route R 523. The church will be at Ngovhela on the right side of the hill.
Should you have any queries or require further information, kindly contact Mr. Chris Mphaphuli on 083 757 5090 or 060 798 7285.
ON TUESDAY 31 JANUARY and on WEDNESDAY 1 FEBRUARY 2017
THEME: As Friends of Blessed Benedict Daswa ,together, let us become Women and Men of Loving Kindness and Mercy.
ON THE EVE OF THE FEAST on TUESDAY 31 JANUARY 2017,there will be worship in Good Shepherd Church at Ngovhela from 15H00 to 18H00.This day also marks the final day of the 9 days of prayer (Blessed Benedict Daswa Novena) which begins on Monday 23 January. The novena is directly related to the feast day because after 9 days of prayerfully imploring the intercession of Blessed Benedict for special needs,we celebrate the graces and favours received and anticipated from God through his intercession on the day of his feast.
Click on the novena tag in the menu to obtain the Novena Prayer in your preferred language.
The programme of worship for Tuesday 31 January will be as follows:
1.At 15H00 all assemble outside the church at Ngovhela and receive a message from Blessed Benedict Daswa.
2.All enter the church for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and adoration;
3.Priests are also available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation during this time.
4.Exposition closes with the Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Anyone wishing to remain in the Church for quiet prayer after 6.00pm will be free to do so
THE FEAST DAY of BLESSED BENEDICT DASWA takes place ON WEDNESDAY 01 FEBRUARY 2017 in GOOD SHEPHERD CHURCH at NGOVHELA in the Parish of Thohoyandou.
The programme of worship will be as follows:
7.00am to 9.00am* Veneration of the Relics of Bl Benedict Daswa
9.00am to 11.00am Eucharistic Celebration of the Feast of Blessed Benedict Daswa
11.00am to 12 noon Veneration of the Relics of Bl Benedict Daswa
*During the Veneration of Relics priests will be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
AN EXPLANATION of worship on the eve of the feast day.
From 3.00pm to 6.00pm on Tuesday 31 January, people are invited to spend a period of silent adoration, prayer and reflection in the Church. This period of immediate preparation for the Feast on 1 February will be a time of grace, reconciliation and healing.
Before entering the Church, all will receive from Blessed Benedict Daswa a short, personal message inviting them to live more deeply the Gospel call of loving kindness and mercy.
On entering the Church,people will be encouraged to spend time in silent adoration and prayerful reflection before Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament. During this quiet time,they can read the message, ponder it in their hearts and ask Jesus how he wants them to live this message in their daily lives.This atmosphere of prayerful silence will offer all the opportunity of listening to Jesus speaking in their hearts,and of having a heart-to-heart chat with Him about their lives, hopes, fears,deep longings and needs.
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 passing on to others His gift of loving kindness and mercy.
After receiving this Sacrament of God’s loving kindness and mercy, all will be encouraged to spend some quiet time thanking Blessed Bendict for the example of his holy life, and asking for his prayers and help in living more faithfully the gift of God’s loving kindness and mercy.
Exposition will close with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Anyone wishing to remain in the Church for quiet prayer after 6.00pm will be free to do so.