2018 Divine Liturgy at Basilica of St. Ann will be held on Monday, July 23 – 4:30 p.m.
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The annual novena to St. Ann draws thousands of faithful pilgrims from July 17 through July 26, the feast day of St. Ann on the Latin calendar.
Bishop Kurt Burnette of the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic, New Jersery will preside at this year’s Liturgy with area priests and deacons as concelebrants, and area altar servers and choir members assisting.
The Liturgy will be in the upper main church. All are invited to attend in witness to the beauty and expression of our Eastern rite traditions at this blessed and historic site. Everyone attending will receive the traditional blessing with a relic of St. Ann following the Liturgy.
Pope Saint John Paul II declared St. Ann Monastery and Church as a National Shrine to be a Minor Basilica on October 27, 1997. The novena has a long history dating back to the early 1900’s when the monastery was founded by the Passionist order and the Roman Catholic diocese of Scranton.
Novena week is observed with multiple daily Latin rite Masses and novena prayer services with inspirational preaching. This year’s Passionist preachers are Rev. Don Ware, C.P. and Rev. Michael Rowe, C.P.
Over four decades, every bishop of the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic since Bishop Michael J. Dudick, has visited the monastery and celebrated Liturgy at the Basilica. Through the vision of Bishop Dudick, the Byzantine Liturgy during novena week became an established tradition at the Shrine. The entire Passionist community, staff, and parish family at the Monastery have continued to be gracious hosts and friends. It is a gift and blessing to be united as Catholics in worship to God and with reverence to St. Ann.
Opportunities for Sacrament of Reconciliation are available before and after the regular daily novena services; it is recommended to arrive very early for parking, or to have time for a visit around the Shrine; or prayer time in the lower church before the icon of St. Ann and the Holy Theotokos, an icon presented from our Eparchy of Passaic. A food stand is located at the lower end of the grounds courtesy of St. Ann’s parish volunteers.
Hope to see everyone in Scranton for novena week!
Directions and additional information may be found online.
Novena Week Services include:
Novena Preachers : Fr. Michael Rowe, C.P. & Fr. Donald Ware, C.P.
Novena can be heard on local Catholic EWTN affiliate radio: JMJ 98.9 FM 12 noon and 8 to 9 pm daily
Novena Devotions after each Mass : 8:00 & 11:45 am 5:30 & 7:30 pm & Novena Service only 3:30 pm daily in the Basilica — Solemn Adoration Blessed Sacrament 12:30 to 3:15 P.M. Daily – Lower Basilica — Confessions Before all Masses & after all Services
SUNDAY JULY 22 —– Schedule: 8:00, 9:30 & 11:45 A.M. 5:30 & 7:30 P.M. ** 9:30 am in TAMIL Language in Lower Basilica
THURSDAY JULY 19 —– 1:30 pm Mass of the Anointing of the Sick Thursday – Basilica
SATURDAY JULY 21 —– 10 am Children’s Mass & Novena Special Blessing for Families and Grandparents
All Night Adoration (Eve of the Feast) 9:00 pm until first Mass at 4:30 am
THURSDAY JULY 26 St. Ann’s Feast Day ——– Mass Schedule: 4:30, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, & 11:45 A.M. 3:30 (Novena only) & 5:30 pm 7:30 pm ** Pontifical Closing with Bishop Joseph Bambera, D.D., J.C.L. ** Language Service – 1:15 pm – Polish (Upper Basilica) **
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