30th ANNIVERSARY JUBILEE YEAR
of the Martyrdom of Blessed Benedict Daswa:
1 February 2019 – 1 February 2020
The Diocese of Tzaneen will soon be celebrating the Pearl Jubilee of the martyrdom of Blessed Benedict Daswa. The Blessed Daswa Jubilee Year will begin on 1 February 2019. We recall that he died for the Lord Jesus Christ on 2 February 1990. The Jubilee Year will culminate on 1 February 2020 which is his feast day.
CELEBRATIONS FOR THE FEAST DAY IN THE PARISH OF ṰHOHOYANḒOU
30TH ANNIVERSARY OF MARTYRDOM
(PEARL JUBILLEE YEAR OF MARTYRDOM)
EVE OF THE FEAST WEDNESDAY 31 JANUARY 2019
From 17:00 to 20:00 on Thursday 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 – FRIDAY 01 FEBRUARY 2019
Launch of the jubilee year of martyrdom
On the actual day of the Feast of Blessed Tshimangadzo Samuel Benedict Daswa, 01 February 2019, 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.
7.00am to 9.00am* Veneration of the Relics of Blessed T. S. Benedict Daswa
At 8:15 am Prayer of the Rosary (The Luminous Mysteries) lead by lay people and Prayer of the Litany of Blessed T. S. Benedict Daswa – Martyr of Jesus Christ
9.00 am to 12.00 noon Eucharistic Celebration of the Feast of Blessed Benedict Daswa presided by his Grace Archbishop William Slattery OFM, Archbishop of Pretoria Archdiocese.
12.00 noon to 13 pm Veneration of the Relics of Blessed Benedict Daswa in procession.
* During the Veneration of Relics (between 7:00 am and 8:45 am), priests will be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
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