Chennai (Agenzia Fides) - All the religious congregations inspired by the figure of Saint Joseph and many Catholic communities in India come together for online meetings, in spiritual communion, for a moment of evening prayer dedicated to Saint Joseph. The initiative was launched and organized through a global coordination in view of the feast of the Saint, on March 19, as part of the special Year of Saint Joseph announced by Pope Francis.
"All the faithful are invited to spend nine days in prayer and reflection in order to invoke the blessings and the grace of God through the intercession of St. Joseph. This is a truly global event", says Franciscan Fr. Nithya Sagayam OFM Cap, organizer of the event. The "Thalir" network of Capuchin friars took the initiative "having as reference the apostolic letter 'Patris Corde' of Pope Francis. We have chosen the themes from this text and have declined them in the form of a message to be explored every evening", explains Fr. Sagayam.
The General Mothers of different religious orders but also the Jesuits participated by offering reflections. The inaugural speech of the entire novena was given by Bishop Allwyn D'Silva of the Archdiocese of Bombay, while the evening prayer unites all through an online link based on the Zoom platform. So far more than 400 religious communities have registered for the prayer which culminates on March 19, the feast of St. Joseph.
"As a result of this novena, the nuns of a community are directly connected with the rest of the world through common prayer", explains the Capuchin religious.
In addition, 11 Indian religious congregations will gather for the rest of this Special Year dedicated to St. Joseph in order to reflect together on the renewal of their apostolate in the name of the charism linked to Saint Joseph. "In this way, the novena will create a new enthusiasm in their life and mission", said Fr. Sagayam. (SD-PA) (Agenzia Fides, 15/3/2021)