Pilgrimage to Poland: The Way of the Cross as Interpreted by a Polish ArtistApr 23rd, 2011 | By Yolanda Zaragoza | Category: Adventure
By Yolanda Zaragoza
Last year in April, I joined a pilgrimage to Poland: In the Foot Steps of John Pail II. One of the memorable parts of this visit was going to Czestohowa (pronounced as Chestohova).
We visited the the fortified monastery of the Pauline Fathers which houses the Black Madonna, a sacred icon known also as Jasna Gora or Our Lady of Czestochowa, and is more than 600 years old.
Our local guide quietly took us through the main altar area, along a special path for pilgrims, for a closer look of the sacred icon…
Many miracles are attributed to Jasna Gora’s intercession. According to a German pilot’s report, during WWII, who was detailed to bomb Czestochowa, a lady on top of the church was catching the bombs that were being dropped to destroy the church. The whole complex was spared from destruction.
We , then, walked out to go to the museums within the complex.
From Czestochowa, we proceeded to Auschwitz- Birkenau (formerly known as Oswiecim) to visit and pray for the victims of the now-famous concentration camp.
May you have a blessed, happy Easter celebration!