People throughout the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference region are encouraged to pray for the favours and graces they need during nine days prior to the Feast Day of Blessed Benedict Daswa on 1 February. This novena will commence on 23 January 2018 and conclude on 31 January 2018. The Daswa Novena Booklet can be used during these nine days, and is available for downloading in various languages from the official Benedict Daswa Website. Available also online and through SACBC Dioceses, are the official Prayer to Implore Favours and Prayer for Canonization.
CELEBRATIONS FOR THE FEAST DAY IN THE PARISH OF THOHOYANDOU
THEME: CALLED TO BE JESUS’ DISCIPLES LIKE BLESSED BENEDICT DASWA
EVE OF THE FEAST WEDNESDAY 31 JANUARY 2018
THE FEAST DAY – THURSDAY 01 FEBRUARY 2018
On the actual day of the Feast of Blessed T. S. Benedict Daswa, 01 February 2018, celebrations will be held at Tshitanini 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 11.00am Eucharistic Celebration of the Feast of Blessed Benedict Daswa
11.00 am to 12 noon Veneration of the Relics of Blessed Benedict Daswa in procession.
* During the Veneration of Relics (between 7:00 am and 9:00 am), priests will be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
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.