On Saturday September 5, at 11:30 am (London time), the Prelate of Opus Dei will celebrate Holy Mass at the 25th Marian Day for the Family. A half hour before Mass the Prayer for Families will be held. The ceremony can be followed on www.opusdei.org beginning at 10:50 am.
The next day, Sunday the 6th, Bishop Echevarria will confer priestly ordination on three faithful of the Prelature. This ceremony will also be broadcast live on this website, beginning at 8:45 am (London time).
The shrine of Torreciudad will welcome thousands of parents and children for the 25th Marian Day for the Family. The encounter takes on special relevance this year in the context of the upcoming General Synod on the Family in Rome and the Marian year for the family in the Prelature of Opus Dei. This year is also Torreciudad’s 40th anniversary, with thousands of personal stories of conversions and growing in love for God and our Lady.
The families taking part will entrust to our Lady of Torreciudad their concerns and joys, and venerate the 11th century Romanesque image of Mary with the Child Jesus on her lap (an image also known as Mary, Seat of Wisdom). Bishop Javier Echevarria, Prelate of Opus Dei, will be present for the event. The next day he will ordain three new priests there.
The shrine and confessionals will open to the public at 9 am. Holy Mass will be celebrated at 12.30 pm, with a festival for children afterwards. The get-together with Bishop Javier Echevarria will be held at 4 pm. The event will close with the praying of the rosary and benediction.
Below is a brief video in which Saint Josemaria speaks about the shrine of Torreciudad, then under construction: