The Rosary for Italy in the Duomo – Chronicle

The Rosary for Italy in the Duomo – Chronicle
The Rosary for Italy in the Duomo – Chronicle

by Stefano Marchetti For one evening the Cathedral of Modena will be the ‘heart’ of prayer for the whole nation. On the evening of Wednesday 8 December, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, Tv2000 will broadcast from our cathedral the “Rosary for Italy”, promoted by the Italian Bishops’ Conference and chaired, for the occasion, by Archbishop Erio Castellucci who of the CEI he is vice president. The “Rosary for Italy” is an initiative launched during last year’s lockdown and then continued every Wednesday: every week, the Italian faithful in their …

by Stefano Marchetti

For one evening the Cathedral of Modena will be the ‘heart’ of prayer for the whole nation. On the evening of Wednesday 8 December, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, Tv2000 will broadcast from our cathedral the “Rosary for Italy”, promoted by the Italian Bishops’ Conference and chaired, for the occasion, by Archbishop Erio Castellucci who of the CEI he is vice president. The “Rosary for Italy” is an initiative started during last year’s lockdown and then continued every Wednesday: every week, the Italian faithful in their homes, families and religious communities are invited to join spiritually in prayer broadcast by the frequencies of Tv2000 (digital terrestrial channel 28 and Sky 157) and Radio Inblu2000, as well as on Facebook. Each time the rosary is transmitted from a different place of worship, in particular from Marian shrines: one of the first stops, for example, was the Bolognese sanctuary dedicated to the Madonna di San Luca.

Next Wednesday (broadcast from 20.50) will be the Duomo’s ‘debut’ in this special prayer marathon. For technical reasons, the rosary was recorded on the evening of Thursday 2 December: in the crypt of the cathedral, near the tomb of San Geminiano, several cameras were placed, with studied lighting, to allow filming. In compliance with the anti-Covid rules, to guarantee the distancing, there were about forty people present. As the viewers will see, the recitation of the rosary (with the glorious mysteries) was animated by the boys of the Youth Pastoral Service, directed by Don Simone Cornia: from mystery to mystery, they alternated in the reading of passages from the Gospel and meditations taken from from the writings of Don Tonino Bello, for whom the beatification process was started. Other young people accompanied the prayer with Marian songs including the famous “Salve Regina”, in the version of Gen Verde.

At the opening of the rosary, Archbishop Castellucci (flanked by Monsignor Luigi Biagini, archpriest of the cathedral) addressed a greeting to those present and to those who will be connected: “We are here, in the house of the Saint Geminiano, to commemorate the beauty that God manages to to realize in the heart of a woman and of humanity – he said -. Mary Immaculate is a masterpiece of God. We ask that, through Mary’s intercession, God help us to realize the beauty of the project that he has for each of us “. At the end he recited a touching prayer to Our Lady written by Pope Francis and gave the blessing. The “Rosary for Italy” will also be a nice business card for our Duomo: in the coming days, in fact, the ‘promo’ of the program will be broadcast in rotation on Tv2000, and the opening of the program will be dedicated to a sequence of evocative images of the wonderful emblem of Romanesque architecture.

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