Excellent news for devotees of Our Lady of Betania
The new vice-rector of the Sanctuary of Betania, father Jhonfer Camacho, has expressed his desire to devote himself full-time to this sanctuary and invites everyone, during these holy days, to look for reconciliation in this place of pilgrimage and prayer for the people of Venezuela and of all countries in the world, a place that has become a huge source of conversion and reconciliation of man with himself, God, and his neighbor.
The Sanctuary of Betania is open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day, but now Mass will not only be celebrated on weekends, the excellent news for devotees of the Virgin of Betania is that since Wednesday, April 30, Mass will be held from Wednesday to Saturday at 11:30 a.m., and on Sunday at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 m., and 2:00 p.m. In this way, all visitors will be able to draw closer to Jesus through Mary in the Eucharist.
This Holy Wednesday parishioners were inflamed after a beautiful Mass at 1:30 p.m. in honor of Jesus the Nazarene and a masterful concert of the Betania Choir, that performed the Popule Meus, a musical piece from the Venezuelan composer Jose Angel Lamas, among other compositions allegorical to the Lord’s Passion.
On Good Friday Confessions will begin at 9:00 a.m. The Stations of the Cross will recited at 10:00 a.m. The Seven Words will include the participation of the Betania Choir at 2:00 p.m. Followed by the celebration of the Lord’s Passion, and distribution of Holy Communion.
In one of her messages, the Blessed Virgin exhorted her children to come with their problems and anxieties, and leave them in her sanctuary, so she bring comfort to everyone, regardless of their race, social level, or creed, because she had come for all of her children on earth.
On Holy Saturday Confessions will begin at 10:00 a.m. and there will be catechesis at 11:00 a.m. Holy Week will culminate on Easter Sunday with Confessions at 9:00 a.m. and the celebration of three Easter Masses at 10: 00 a.m., 12:00 m., and 2:00 p.m., respectively.
On November 21, 1987, Bishop Pio Bello Ricardo, Bishop of the Diocese of Los Teques, declared in his Pastoral Letter, which he submitted to the Holy See in Rome: “In consequence, after studying with determination the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Finca Betania and after assiduously asking Our Lord for spiritual discernment: I declare that in my judgment these apparitions are authentic and of supernatural character. Therefore, I approve officially that the place where the apparitions have taken place should be considered as sacred, and that it be kept as a site for pilgrimages, as a place for prayer, reflection and worship; where all liturgical acts can be celebrated especially the celebration of the Mass and the administration of the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist, always in accordance with the laws of the Church and the norms of the Diocese for Pastoral Unity.