can come alone, with your family, in group. In this case, please call.
It may also happen you stop because you are passing and want to stop.
Probably it is important to ask oneself why to do a pilgrimage or why,
while passing, to make a stop in the Sanctuary.
Or because you want to
make a strong
experience, with the consciousness of verifying your personal
Because you are in a worry?
Because you have a chance to stop?
Anyway, it will not be difficult to realize that in your life you have
not chosen Him, Jesus, but He has chosen you,
as He himself put it with great warmth to the disciples at the Last
Similarly you have not chosen Mary as Mother.
She has attracted you with that incredible tenderness, by which she was
attracted to love her Son, Jesus, and love the early Church in
In the Sanctuary, to the Virgin you express everything:
a silence sometimes so embarassed that you do not know to say, an
instinctive or choral prayer, the anxiety, an anguished cry, even a
promise, a vote of gratitude, and so on.
Probably, you end up realizing that she continues to behave with you as
she behaved with her Son, Jesus: "Here I am!".
Then you see with astonishment, that she keeps and ponders everything
her heart and she feels the same sword that pierces you.
If you are on the cross, you will see she is suffering in solidarity
Coming back from the pilgrimage, you make the experience of the
John, who took her in his house, or that of the disciples in the
Cenacle, assiduous in prayer with her until the descent of the Holy
This confidentiality with Mary in her Sanctuary has two important
- The Confession or Reconciliation:
everything helps to bring to life the experience of pilgrimage by the
encounter with Jesus who says: "Come unto me, all you who are weary and
burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you
and learn of me; I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find
rest for your life. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light".
With the personal confession, his word becomes hot, strong and decisive:
"Get up - he said to the paralytic - take up your bed and go home".
And he got up and went to his house.
- The Eucharist celebration:
this is the heart of the pilgrimage, as this is the source, the
culmination and the heart of Church life and of all Christian
Enjoying a Marian pilgrimage is returning to the duty, taste and joy of
attending the Mass with care, dignity and devotion, especially on
"Without Sunday we cannot live", shouted a group of martyrs
the early church gathered for the Eucharist in their homes.
In an attitude of worship and contemplation, the Eucharistic
celebration deserves familiarity with a delicate prayer:
Christ becomes our food,
the memorial of his passion;
our soul is
filled with grace,
and this is
the pledge of future glory.
Before leaving the Sanctuary, it is the priest himself who announces
and wishes the good fruit of such an experience of the Eucharist.
He invokes the Lord and by the intercession of the BEATA VERGINE DELLE
GRAZIE blesses the fruit of a confident and serene renewal of Christian
life, greeting you with the words:
"The Lord be always with you! Go in peace, glorify the Lord, bring his
joy to anyone every day of your life".
Petition to Mary by
Saint Alphonsus Liguori
Most holy Virgin
my Mother Mary,
to thee who art the Mother
Lord, the queen of the universe,
the advocate, the hope,
refuge of sinners,
I who am the most miserable
of all sinners,
recourse this day.
I venerate thee, great queen,
and I thank thee for
graces thou has bestowed upon me
even unto this day;
particular for having delivered
me from the hell which I have so
deserved by my sins.
I love thee, most dear Lady;
and for the love I
I promise to serve thee willingly
forever and to do what I
to make thee loved by others also.
I place in thee all my hopes
salvation; accept me as thy
servant and shelter me
under thy mantle,
thou who art the Mother of mercy.
And since thou art
so powerful with
deliver me from all temptations,
or at least obtain for me the
strength to overcome them
From thee I implore
a true love
for Jesus Christ.
Through thee I hope
to die a holy death.
by the love thou bearest to
I pray thee to assist
but most of all
at the last moment of my life.
until thou shalt see me
safe in heaven,
there to bless thee
of thy mercies through all eternity.
Such is my hope.