Maiori is preparing to celebrate the patron saint of Santa Maria a Mare. The message of the parish priest Don Nicola Mammato

Maiori is preparing to celebrate the patron saint of Santa Maria a Mare. The message of the parish priest Don Nicola Mammato

Maiori. Friday 15 July begins the month of preparation for the feast of the patron saint Santa Maria a Mare which is celebrated on 15 August.
At 6.30 am on July 15th there will be the festive announcement with the sound of bells and the firing of fireworks.
From Friday 15 July to 14 August:
– 7.00 am: Holy Mass presided over by the native Priests of Maiori.
– In the afternoon: Recitation of the Traditional Popular Rosary in the Collegiate Church, in the Church of San Domenico and San Giacomo and in the Gardens of Palazzo Mezzacapo.
In preparation for the solemnity of Santa Maria a Mare, the parish priest Don Nicola Mammato sends a message to the community of faithful: “Dear friends, past generations have left us a heritage of art, faith and traditions to prepare us spiritually for the most important feast of our municipal area, August 15, a feast that commemorates the Assumption of Mary into heaven in body and soul and invoked by us S. Maria a Mare.
The daily mass for a month at 7 in the morning (once it was at 6), the recitation of the popular Rosary, the singing of the hymn Ave Maris Stella, the raising of the “Picture” on 5 August are the evident signs of a faith that despite the evolution of customs and the decline of the religious sense, it has come down to us as an echo of a testimony of our fathers to be passed on to the new generations. So let’s explain them to our children and to the tourists guests among us.
Let us remain firm in our traditions, let us behave as people who know how to bear the indifference of some and the noises and annoying cackles in the night hours originating from prevailing selfishness, using patience for a few more ringing of bells, some firing of firecrackers in the early morning of July 15 ; they are naive signs of a strong faith in Maiori. Let us not drop this religious expression that has come down to us, on the contrary, let us take up the baton and continue the journey, even if difficult, in our time so steeped in materialism and foolish appearances.
The real celebration for us Christians must not consist only in the twinkling of the lights in the streets, in the beauty of the fireworks display, in the melodies of the musical band, but it needs a deeper and truer meaning.
The real celebration is to reconcile ourselves with God and with our brothers and sisters, become aware of the needs of those who live next to us and participate fully in the Mass by nourishing ourselves with the Body of Christ.
Happy Feast to all ».

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