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Blessing of the Statue of Our Lady of Fourvière and the 25th Jubilee of the Community of the Beatitudes in New Zealand
December 7 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
On Saturday 7th December, at 6pm, on the 25th Jubilee of the Community of the Beatitudes in New Zealand, Bishop Paul Martin of Christchurch will bless the statue of Our Lady of Fourvière.
Fourvière is an ancient hill in Lyon France, where in the earliest centuries of Christianity, the proto-martyrs of the French Church were put to death, including St Pothin whose successor was St Irenaeus – a disciple of John the Evangelist. A Marian Shrine was well established there when the first chapel was erected on the hill. Over the centuries it became known as the ‘Marian Soul of Lyon’ because of the many orders and missionaries that it produced. Our Lady of Fourvière is of huge significance to the mission of the Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand. This is because, the first missionaries to New Zealand and the Pacific, including Susanne Aubert, Bishop Pompallier and St Peter Channel all went in pilgrimage to Fourvière to consecrate themselves and their missions to Our Lady before setting out on mission to our shores.
We hope that Fourvière in Leithfield will become known as the Marian Soul of the South. A place where people from all around New Zealand and the Pacific can come for spiritual renewal, rest and retreat before heading out on mission to their families and communities!
A special replica statue of the golden statue that sits on top of the Basilica in Lyon is currently being made in France and will be unveiled at the Shine on the 7th December. Bishop Patrick Le Gal, the auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Lyon will also be in attendance.
Mass will begin at 6pm followed by the unveiling of the Shrine. Then there will be a picnic dinner and we will have the BBQs running. After dinner, there will be a candle-light procession around the property with the Blessed Sacrament and this will lead into all night adoration under the stars! People are welcome to stay as long as they like.
Every one is welcome!