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Marial Year in Marist Brasil

31/05/2011: Brazil

On the occasion of the commemorations of the Marial Year in Marist Brasil, the  Provinces and the District of Amazonia have received an original statue, called « Our Lady of the New Land », which is making a pilgrimage of all the units of the Province. Here is an account of its passage made by the post-novitiate of Belo Horizonte.

On 15 May, International Day of the Family, our Marist family gathered around the pilgrim « Our Lady of the New Land ». It was a day of feasting, joy and rejoicing! As well as the members of the Juniorate community, there were the parents of Brothers living in Belo Horizonte (Paulo Martins, Paulo Soares, Júnior, José Rogério, Raimundo Barbosa and Oldair), members of the Fraternities of the ChMMF, counselors from the  Marist Youth Centre (CMJ), children and friends.

The religious celebration started off in the chapel, where the statue of Mary was welcomed together with the persons present. To her and to each group arriving we sang the refrain: « Blessed is the one who comes… bringing the peace of the Lord! » Then, in procession, the pilgrim Virgin was conducted to the premises where the ceremony unfolded in a very prayerful climate, with a lively participation. At a given moment, those present, following the example of Saint Marcellin, placed in the heart of Mary the name of the person they wished to pray for.

The care taken in decorating and maintaining the atmosphere of prayer added a touch of joy and festive informality. The lunch and afternoon together crowned a day of blessings and family living.

After the departure of the guests, Our Lady of the New Land returned to the chapel for more personal and intimate encounters. On 16 May, after the courses at the Institute of  Saint Thomas of Aquinas and the Faculty of the Jesuits, the community welcomed some young people from our school of Araçagy, MA, and two Mexicans who were taking part in the cultural exchange at the Dom Silvério school. They came with Mr. Paulo de Tarso Motta Ferreira, Director of CMDS and Mrs Ivanilda, a teacher. Once more, at Mary’s feet, we implored and thanked, praised and blessed for all she has done and is doing among us! « Blessed is the one who comes, bringing the peace of the Lord! »

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