In preparation for the Solemnity of St. Francis October 4, as is the tradition, the Novena in the Lower Basilica of St. Francis will begin September 24 involving the faithful of the Diocese of Assisi-Nocera Umbra-Gualdo Tadino.
Each day prior to the Feast pilgrims will arrive at 6:00 PM (on Sunday September 27 at 5:00 PM and Tuesday September 29 at 4:00 PM) to participate at the Novena Mass, representing various parts of the Diocese.
While the Vicars Forane or Deans will preside at the Eucharistic Liturgy, Fr. Marco Moroni, O.F.M.Conv. of the Sacred Convent will preach each evening of the Novena.
To see the Novena Mass live in Italian via internet streaming: click here (6:00 PM Assisi Time / 12 Noon U.S.A. E.S.T.)
Diocesan and Parish groups will participate according to the following schedule:
Thursday September 24: Pilgrimage of the Parishes of the Vicariate of Saint Maria of the Angels
Friday September 25: Pilgrimage of the Parishes of the Vicariate of Nocera Umbra
Saturday September 26: Pilgrimage of the Parishes of Rivotorto and Capodacqua. Also present a pilgrimage of the Assisi City Administration for the 18th Anniversary of Earthquake of 1997. His Excellency Bishop Domenico Sorrento will preside.
Sunday September 27 at 5:00 PM: Pilgrimage of the Parishes of the Vicariate of Assisi with the Chapter of the Canons of the Cathedral and Confraternities.
Monday September 28: Pilgrimage of the Religious and the Religious of the Diocese: USMI AND CISM. The Episcopal Vicar for the Consecrated Life will preside.
Tuesday September 29 at 4:00 PM: Pilgrimage of the Patients and Elderly of the Diocesan Caritas and Institutes A. Rossi, Serafico, Casoria
Wednesday September 30: Pilgrimage of the Pastoral Unities of Petrignano, Building, Torchiagina and Valfabbrica, Casacastalda
Thursday 1 October: Pilgrimage of the United Parish of S. Michele Archangel, S. Marco Evangelist of the Vicariato of Bastia Umbra
Friday 2 October: Pilgrimage of the Parishes of the Vicariate of Gualdo Tadino
Saturday 3 October: Basilica of S. Maria of the Angels at 5:30 PM: Solemn commemoration of the Transitus of St. Francis
Novena in English.
Other Prayers in English.
Novena and Feast Schedule in Italian.