LASALLIAN JUBILEE YEAR
From November 17, 2018 to December 31, 2019
On Saturday, November 17, 2018, at 6 pm, in the sanctuary of St. John Baptist de La Salle, at the Generalate FSC in Rome, the opening ceremony of the Lasallian Jubilee Year took place.
This jubilee was granted by His Holiness Pope Francis on the occasion of the tercentenary of the death of the Founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.
The Eucharistic ceremony presided by His Excellency Bishop Marcello Bartolucci, Secretary of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, was concelebrated with His Excellency Bishop Eugenio Binini, Archbishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Massa Carrara and eight priests, among them Mgr Adriano Danca , chaplain of the Generalate and Fr. Fidel González, Comboni, Speaker of the Causes of Saints. Among the numerous participants, there was also S. Exc. Mr. Jaime Manuel de Arenal Fenochio, Ambassador of Mexico to the Holy See, the Honorable Gabriele Albertini, former student, former Mayor of Milan, MEP and Senator of the Republic, Dr. Claudio Andreoli , university professor and president emeritus of the World Association of Catholic Alumni, Professor Mario Rusconi, dean of the ‘Pius IX’ Biomedical High School in Rome, and President of the Association of the National Presidium of Lazio.
The ceremony had two moments. The first in the atrium of the sanctuary with the reading of a part of the Decree of Indiction of the Jubilee Year and then the entrance to the church through the ornamental door of the chapel of Parmenia (France), symbolically reconstructed on canvas. It was in Parmenia that Saint John Baptist de La Salle retired to pray and meditate in the darkest moment of his life. Then, the cross and the paschal candle opened the entrance procession headed by the celebrants and then all present at the ceremony with a lit candle symbol of faith in Christ and in his mercy.
The second moment of the ceremony began after the blessing with the purifying water, the song of Glory performed by the Schola cantorum Canticorum Jubilo of the Pius IX Institute in Rome, under the direction of maestro Paolo Tagliaferri.