The warmest welcome to Our Lady in Belarus

Big crowds, emotion, fervent prayer, and even some tears that is how Belarus welcomed the Mother of God. On July 13 the Czestochowa icon in her pilgrimage stopped in the historic spiritual cradle, which is the region and city of Polotsk visiting the main churches of the Orthodox Diocese of Polock-Hlubokaje.

Mother of God already in Belarus – 11 thousand kilometers of Russia behind us!

On the evening of July 12 the pilgrimage Czestochowa icon peregrinating "From Ocean to Ocean" through the world in defense of life was formally transferred by the coordinator of the Russian part of the pilgrimage Dr. Igor Bełoborodova to the representative of the Belarusian Orthodox pro-life movement, Fr. Paul Serdiuk. The same day in the morning in Minsk the first press conference on this peregrination was held.

With ringing of bells in Nizhny Novgorod

On July 5th accompanied by ringing bells the pilgrim Czestochowa icon was  brought to the Orthodox church of the Transfiguration of the Savior on the historic old market (Spaso-Preobrazhensky Sobor - Starojarmarchny) in Nizhny Novgorod.

The church is situated on the left bank of the Oka river where it is flowing into the Volga river. Its establishment in the late nineteenth century was associated with one of the largest markets in Russia. During the Bolshevik persecution after the October Revolution it was converted into a warehouse. Only in 1991 The church become a temple again, and until 2009 also served as a cathedral.

Our Lady of Czestochowa "On the Blood" of the Revolution Martyrs in Yekaterinburg

"Pro-life van" - a car which is traveling with the icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, in the evening of June 25 arrived to Yekaterinburg in the Ural mountains. On her way from Vladivostok by Ussuryjsk Country and Siberia she covered already about 7.5 thousand. km. Thus, the Asian part of Russian pilgrimage "From Ocean To Ocean" has taken place. Arrived safely and on time, but three times it was necessary to repair the car after flying over extra holes on the road.

Pro-life mobil

Our Lady will visit Poland on August 12 - 26. We are building a glassed altar on wheels especially for her in order to comfortably  go and be seen in all the towns she will passed. We organize meetings, there is a lot of work.

We have collected nearly one third of the funds needed. Thank you everyone for the gifts of heart, and especially the person who gave a whole 1000, - zloty. for this purpose. This raises hope that we will manage. Although to Poland the Mother of God in her journey through the world in defense of life will come on  August 12, our friends from the Baltic countries and Belarus, really, really ask us to lend them the altar on wheels.

On the way to Yeakaterinburg

In the longest day of the year June 23 the Icon of Our Lady left Krasnoyarsk, Central Siberia.
"Pro-life van" travels now to Yekaterinburg. This is a big city of one and a half million people in the Ural mountains, right on the border of Asia and Europe. It is considered the fourth city in Russia, the so-called reserve capital.

Central Siberia - Krasnoyarsk

On June 21 the Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa came to the Orthodox Cathedral of Care at the invitation of Archbishop Panteleimon Metropolitan of Krasnoyarsk and Achinsk. During the welcome ceremony Akathist to the Mother of God was sung.
The Orthodox priests representing Krasnoyarsk church and the local choir presided over prayers. The sermon was delivered by Fr. Pavel Boginsky, in which he stated:  It is no secret that the killing of innocent children who are unable to protect themselves has currently become a social norm.

By Motorboat on the Yenisey with the Czestochowa Icon

They arrived in Krasnoyarsk on Wednesday, 20 June.  Galina and Igor rode the TransSiberian Railroad for 93 hours to get to this large city in central Siberia.  Aleksey came by van with the icon several hours later.  Since the van sustained damages from driving through potholes, it needed to stop en route for repairs.

On the Shores of the Pacific Ocean - Start

Our Lady of Czestochowa stood at the shore of the Pacific Ocean, symbolically beginning the pro-life pilgrimage "From Ocean to Ocean".  Upon conclusion of the  meetings in Vladivostok, Our Lady was given a sincere and emotional sendoff, with sorrow and tears at her departure, after the early morning liturgy on 15 June at the Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas.

From far away Vladivostok a personal letter of Galina Maslennikova

Glory to Jesus Christ!

The project "From Ocean To Ocean," the movement of the Czestochowa icon through the world in defense of life, began in Vladivostok and is progressing very quickly. Ahead of us is Siberia and 23 European countries along the 18 thousand kilometers long route.