Marsala, Saturday, January 31, 2015. At the Parish of San Francesco di Paola, in the contrada of the Holy Father of the Perriere of Marsala in the province of Trapani, there was the Mass on the occasion of the anniversary of the liturgical feast of the Blessed Maria Cristina, Queen of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, wife of Ferdinand II of Bourbon.
The beatification of “Reginella Santa” took place in Naples on 25 January 2014 in the Basilica of Santa Chiara, pantheon of the family of Bourbon Two Sicilies. The Knights of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order fo St George, represented by Comm. Elio Zuccarello, by the Knight Giuseppe Lipari and the Knight Baldassare Cacioppo, were joyfully welcomed by the parish priest Don Gaspar Tortorici, Knight of Ecclesiastical Grace and by the many believers, who demonstrated, at the end of the celebration, their appreciation with warm applauses for the human qualities of the Blessed Maria Cristina, virtues repeatedly praised by the words of the constantinian chaplain.
The Celebration was preceded by the prologue of the Knight Cacioppo, who traced in brief the life and the beatification process of Reginella Santa.
Profound words of moral teaching have crowned the homily tracing the steps of the Holy Scriptures, highlighting the call of every persont to a common vocation to holiness; like Blessed Maria Cristina, named mother for her love of the family and Queen for her love of her People and the poor and, as the Knights of the Constantinian Order, called to the Christian choice of the Cross to witness faith and solidarity.
After the Communion the brothers of the Order, facing the image of S. Francesco di Paola, patron of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, recited the prayer to Blessed Maria Cristina.
At the end of the Mass, the Knights received a special present by Don Gaspare: a volume containing some writings of the great religious thinker Blaise Pascal, as strong support for their spiritual growth.
Before the fraternal agape the Constantinian Knights have supported with their offers
the parish initiative titled “National Day for Life 2015”, an event to increase awareness about the importance of the family, the welcoming and the value of life.