Icon of Czestochowa in the Orthodox Cathedral in Bialystok

In the evening, on August 12th, the Icon of Czestochowa was carried in a procession through the main streets of the city from the Catholic cathedral to the Orthodox Cathedral of St. Nicholas, the Miracle Worker.  The Icon was welcomed in front of the cathedral by His Eminence, Archbishop Jakub, the ordinary of the Bialystok-Gdansk Diocese, who, assisted by priests and deacons, received the Icon from the hands of the Catholic priests.  They entered the cathedral all together.

Big Crowds for Life - Białystok

In the evening of the 12th of August, the Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa arrived in the Polish city of Białystok, where great crowds of people awaited Her.  The first meeting took place at the Roman-Catholic Cathedral, where the Holy Rosary was prayed.  The great church was filled with the faithful gathered.  The young people led the liturgy, and the scouts kept watch.  The crowds were so numerous that a great number of faithful had to remain outside the cathedral.

Volunteer firefighters as escort for Our Lady in Suprasl

In the afternoon, on August 12th, the pastor with several priests from neighboring parishes and numerous faithful awaited Our Blessed Mother in front of the Catholic church in Suprasl.  The motorcyle escort arrived first at the church, the "Life Mobile" with the Icon followed.  This time the, the Volunteer Firefighters of Suprasl formed the Honor Guard carrying the Icon into the church.

The Mother always leads to Her Son - A visit in Sokółka

The beautiful church in Sokolka of St. Anthony of Padua has gathered a huge crowd of people who wanted to celebrate the Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, on Sunday, August 12th.  This parish in Sokolka is known for the Eucharistic miracle that took place there in 2008, when a purified host turned into a small piece of a heart muscle tissue and was confirmed by two independent pathologists and the ecclesiastical commission, waiting to be approved by the Vatican as an authentic miracle.

The Traveling Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa Has Arrived in Poland

At around 10:00 in the morning, on Sunday, August 12th, the Icon of Czestochowa traveling through the many countries in defense of life had crossed the Polish border.  After a touching farewell in front of the Basilica of St. Michael in Marijampolė, the Polish escort took over.  At the head of the motorcade rode ten motorcycles from the Rally of Katyn.  The motorcyclists wore their blue "armor" of the Mother of God, like the knights, and a medal of the Icon on their chests along with the logo of the peregrination: "From Ocean to Ocean" on their backs.

Metropolitan of Vilnius, Archbishop Innocent of Vilnius and all Lithuania before the Icon of Czestochowa

On Saturday, July 11th, in the church belonging to the monastery of the Holy Spirit in Vilnius, which hosted Icon of Czestochowa for the night, Archbishop Innocent, assisted by Archimandrite Vasil Novinsky with the clergy from the monastery and various parishes of Vilnius, celebrated the Divine Liturgy.

From church to church around Vilnius – the Orthodox in Lithuania host the Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa

With the blessing and invitation of the Orthodox Metropolitan of Vilnius and all of Lithuania, His Excellency Archbishop Innocent, the Icon of Czestochowa, travelling “from Ocean to Ocean in Defense of Life”,  visited the Orthodox churches in Vilnius on August 9th and 10th, 2012.  The celebrations began by bringing the Icon into the Cathedral Church in a procession, accompanied by the singing of the Hymn in honor of the Mother of God, where the Divine Liturgy followed immediately.

Vilnius – at “Aušros Vartai”, the Gate of Dawn

In the afternoon hours, on August 9th, the Icon of Czestochowa had arrived in Vilnius.  In front of the church of St. Therese, the faithful gathered in prayer, awaiting the image of the Black Madonna.  Everyone arriving at the church could not help but visit the Gate of Dawn – a holy shrine for all the residents in the capital.

Kaišiadorys desires to be the City of the Culture of Life

In the morning of August 9th, the Icon of Czestochowa, accompanied by many vehicles, arrived from Kaunas to Kaišiadorys.  At the edge of the town, many people awaited the holy Icon in their cars marked with flags and pro-life banners.  The motorcade passed through the city center, escorted by the police.  Our Lady entered the cathedral square accompanied by the ringing of the church bells.

Kaunas – inside the oldest church and at the Cathedral

On August 9th, before 11:00 in the morning, nearby the Chapel of the Annunciation in Šiluva on the border of the Archdiocese of Kaunas, Our Lady of Czestochowa was being greeted by Sigitas Tamkevičius SJ, the metropolitan of Kaunas, assisted by several priests.  A large group of young people and scouts from Jonava arrived for the greeting ceremony and assisted Our Lady on the way to the Basilica of the Blessed Virgin Mary, where the Archbishop presided over the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.