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Serenade in the Original Shrine for the opening of the novena 2023

On October 9, the novena in preparation for Covenant of Love Day 2023 will begin. This year it will be inaugurated with a special presentation in Schoenstatt’s Original Shrine: the “Serenade for Mary”, performed by Brazilian singer Ziza Fernandes.

She will begin her performance at 8:00 p.m. (local time), and it will be broadcast live by Schoenstatt TV and via the cameras at the Original Shrine.

Who is Ziza Fernandes?

The Brazilian singer has a 30-year career as a composer and singer, with dozens of national and international albums, books, DVDs, and courses. In 2013 she was the musical director of the WYD in Rio de Janeiro, coordinating all the official performances of this mega-event. In addition to Portuguese, Ziza speaks French, Italian, English, and Spanish, has a master’s degree in psychology and is a music therapist, teacher, entrepreneur and writer.

In Brazil, the singer became acquainted with some of the Schoenstatt Shrines in Paraná, her native state, and São Paulo, and, on a tour through Germany, she visited the Original Shrine. She then received an invitation from the rector of the Shrine, Father Ignacio Camacho, to perform this serenade, which she gladly accepted and now says: “in the Original Shrine is a grace that goes beyond me, it is an experience that marks my history. My intention with this serenade is to honor our Mother with as much beauty as I can provide. I will play alone, with a guitar and tracks, and I want to give myself to the fullest”.

The novena for October 18

The novena will continue throughout the days, always during the evening blessing at 7:50 p.m. in Germany. The transmission will take place live through the webcam at the Original Shrine – Click here.

The text of the novena will be sent to WhatsApp groups, corresponding to the different languages. To join, choose the language in which you wish to receive it:

Novena in English

Novena in German

Novena in Spanish

Novena in Portuguese


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