Ten thousand students at the Shrine of St. Gabriel for one hundred days before national exams
Sanctuary of St. Gabriel of our Lady of Sorrows, Teramo, Abruzzo, Italy
On Monday, March 9, 2015 at the Shrine of St. Gabriel in Teramo, Italy, there was a cheerful and peaceful invasion of 10,000 high school students from all over Italy and also from outside the region. The students went to the Shrine of St. Gabriel, the patron saint of youth, to mark “100 days prior to their state exams”, an event now in its 35th year.
The day is unique from a national perspective and consists of a kind of spiritual retreat with prayer, Confession, Mass and entertainment. Of course, there were prayers invoking the Saint’s intercession in view of the exams. The students joyfully spent a few hours near a Saint who was a student throughout his life and became a model for young people. Forty Passionist religious, including twenty confessors, were available to young people throughout the day.
The young people arrived ca. 9:00 AM. Then two Masses were celebrated (10 AM and 11:30 AM) that concluded with the rite of blessing of pens. In the afternoon, the students could avail themselves of a moment of prayer in the crypt of St. Gabriel.
Additionally, some representatives of FIDAS (the Italian Federation of Blood Donors’ Associations) of Teramo were present at the shrine to sensitize students to the subject of blood donation. For this occasion, FIDAS donated several thousand souvenir pens.
The Shrine, with the collaboration of law enforcement and health authorities, worked to ensure safety and to offer health assistance to the young people.
Communication from the Press Office
Shrine of St. Gabriel
9 March 2015