Warmly invite you to the 80th Annual Pilgrimage In honor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help August 30 & 31, 2014 July 2014 Glory to Jesus Christ! Dear Friends, The Redemptorists in Canada recently communicated they are beginning their journey toward the solemn celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the handing over to the Redemptorists the Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help by Pope Pius IX. The entire history of this devotion throughout the world has been a profound and ongoing experience of the maternal love of Mary, who accompanies us with her serene gaze, and who is ever ready to offer us the help that she brings in her arms, Jesus, our Savior. This year we Sisters are celebrating the 80th Pilgrimage honoring the Theotokos under the title of Our Lady of Perpetual Help through the theme of “Theotokos, Fountain of Mercy!” This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the death of Pope Pius XI. Pius XI was the first Pope to directly address the Christian ecumenical movement. Like Benedict XV he was interested in achieving reunion with the Eastern Orthodox- failing that, he was determined to give special attention to the Eastern Catholic Churches. In 1935, on the occasion of the visit of Bishop Basil Takach to Rome, Pope Pius XI entrusted the Bishop with a gift for the Uniontown Sisters, a beautiful icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. In presenting this icon, the Pope requested that the Sisters spread devotion to the Theotokos under this title. Wishing to comply with the Holy Father’s request, Mother Macrina and the Sisters initiated the Pilgrimage so that thousands of faithful would come to Mount St. Macrina to honor the Mother of God through this holy icon. We Sisters invite you to continue this traditional journey to Mount St. Macrina for the 80th Pilgrimage honoring our Lady of Perpetual Help. We need her compassionate help to daily face the world brimming with challenges. Together we need to drink from this Fountain of Mercy. Theotokos, Fountain of Mercy Mount Saint Macrina Uniontown, Pennsylvania (724) 438-8644 www.sistersofstbasil.org Sincerely in the Lord Jesus, Akathist Prayers honoring Our Lady of Perpetual Help Annual Pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mount Saint Macrina 500 W. Main Street Uniontown, PA 15401 The Sisters of St. Basil the Great Glorius Queen and source of God’s grace, we faithful come before your famous icon, from which you continuously dispense your graces. Keep under your perpetual protection your spiritual children who have dedicated their lives to you and sing in your honor: Rejoice, O Full of Grace, our hope! ...Kontakion 1 O Full of Grace, many angels stand before your glorious throne and continuously sing: Rejoice! For they cannot otherwise exalt you nor admire your beauty. We who have gather before your icon, raise our eyes to heaven and together with the angels say: Rejoice, O Full of Grace, the Lord is with you... Rejoice, O Fountain of mercy, which can never be exhausted... Rejoice, for you can obtain everything from God by your prayers. Rejoice, O Hope of all generations. Rejoice, O Cause of our hope! ...lkos 1 Sister Seraphim, OSBM Provincial FRIDAY, AUGUST 29 & SATURDAY, AUGUST 30 Friday, August 29 7:15 p.m. - Office of Small Compline at Shrine Altar Saturday, August 30, 2014 7:30 a.m. - 12 noon - Mystery of Reconciliation (Confessions) House of Prayer Patio OPENING OF PILGRIMAGE 8:00 a.m. - MATINS at Shrine Altar 9:45 a.m. - Procession with icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help from House of Prayer to Shrine Altar 10:00 a.m. DIVINE LITURGY Welcome: Sister Seraphim, OSBM Divine Liturgy to be followed by procession to Lourdes Grotto for the Solemn Blessing of Water; procession to return to the House of Prayer at the conclusion of the Blessing. 7:00 a.m. - MATINS at Shrine Altar Saturday, August 30 (Continued) 4:00 p.m. - VESPERS with DIVINE LITURGY at Shrine Altar 6:00 p.m. - ENRICHMENT SESSION at Mausoleum 7:15 p.m. - Procession from House of Prayer to Mount Macrina Cemetery 7:30 p.m. - PARASTAS at Mount Macrina Cemetery CANDLELIGHT PROCESSION (Mount Macrina Cemetery to Shrine Altar) AKATHIST to OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP Following Akathist: TEEN SOCIAL at Prayer Garden YOUNG ADULT SOCIAL at Trinity Center 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - Mystery of Reconciliation (Confessions) House of Prayer Patio 1:00 p.m. - PARAKLIS at Shrine Altar Please note: Curfew is 1:00 a.m. for those youth participating in Chaperoned Youth Activities. For all other youth, the curfew is 12 Midnight. 2:00 p.m. CHILDREN’S PILGRIMAGE at Children’s Tent ORIENTATION for TEENS at Prayer Garden ENRICHMENT SESSIONS at Trinity Center 3:00 p.m. - TEEN PILGRIMAGE at Prayer Garden SUNDAY, AUGUST 31 Although casual attire is acceptable, participants are asked to be mindful of the religious nature of the services and activities that take place and to dress accordingly to traditional Christian values and standards of modesty. Thank you! Dear Sisters: Please pray for me and place the following intention(s) before the Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help: 7:00 a.m. - DIVINE LITURGY in House of Prayer Chapel _________________________________ 7:30 a.m. - 12 noon - MYSTERY OF RECONCILATION (Confessions at House of Prayer Patio) _________________________________ 8:30 a.m. - DIVINE LITURGY - Slavonic at Shrine Altar _________________________________ 10:30 a.m. - DIVINE LITURGY at Shrine Altar _________________________________ 11:00 a.m. - MYSTERY OF ANOINTING at Trinity Center _________________________________ 12:30 - 5 p.m. - MYSTERY OF RECONCILIATION (Confessions at the House of Prayer Patio) 1:00 p.m.- CHILDREN’S PROCESSION with Special Blessing for Youth & Young Adults - from House of Prayer to Mother of God Shrine 1:30 –2:30 p.m. - MYSTERY OF RECONCILIATION (Confession for the infirm, sick and physically challenged at Manor Gazebo) 2:00 p.m. - CHILDREN’S PILGRIMAGE at Children’s Tent ENRICHMENT SESSION at Trinity Center TEEN PILGRIMAGE at Prayer Garden MYSTERY OF ANOINTING at Shrine Altar 3:45 p.m. - Procession from House of Prayer to Mother of God Shrine _________________________________ _________________________________ _________________________________ _________________________________ _________________________________ Your Name (OPTIONAL): ________________________________ ________________________________ 4:00 p.m. - DIVINE LITURGY at Mother of God Shrine Words of Gratitude: Sister Seraphim, O.S.B.M. 7:15 p.m. - Procession from House of Prayer to Mother of God Shrine 7:30 p.m. - CANDLELIGHT PROCESSION (Beginning and ending at the Mother of God Shrine) Following the Candlelight Procession:: TEEN SOCIAL Prayer Garden Area YOUNG ADULT SOCIAL Trinity Center We have no greater help, No greater hope than you, O most pure Virgin; Help us, then, for We hope in you, We glory in you, We are your servants. Do not abandon us.
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