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The Visit of Our Lady of Czestochowa

Thursday, October 17, 2013 | Comments (1) | Permalink

  As part of an international campaign in defense of human life and the promotion of family values, the Ocean to Ocean Pilgrimage was organized in the summer of 2012 by a group of Catholic and Orthodox faithful and started a global campaign beginning in Russia.   Human Life International (HLI), a large international prolife organization based in Front Royal, VA, in collaboration with many European nations with the support of their respective Catholic bishops as well as leaders of many Orthodox Churches, began a crusade based on a pilgrimage of an icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, also commonly called “The Black Madonna.” On August 24, 2013, the first of the icon’s North American visit was celebrated with a welcoming ceremony on Saint Clement’s Island, Maryland.  Father Peter West, HLI’s Vice President for Missions, travels with the icon as its custodian, visiting parishes and religious congregations, or anywhere else the icon may be invited.  He has given talks on the history and mission of the icon as well as attended prayer vigils outside abortion mills. 

The arrival of the Pilgrim Icon to St. Teresa's Motherhouse          On the night of October 15th, Feast of Saint Teresa of Avila, Our Lady of Czestochowa was welcomed by the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm at their St. Teresa’s Motherhouse in Germantown, New York.  It was such a great privilege to have in our midst this beautiful icon traditionally believed to have come to us through St. Luke the Evangelist! 

                                                    A Night Prayer service was held by the Sisters to welcome her and was followed by quiet veneration.  Each Sister was touched by this special and intimate visit of the Mother of God, and in particular, was struck by the beauty of the icon.

Father Peter West, HLI Vice President for Missions                     The following day, October 16th, Father Peter led the Congregation in the recitation of the Holy Rosary for Life.  The Liturgy of the Eucharist was then celebrated and more information on the history of the icon, its significance in the fight to defend life and to defeat the culture of death, was given as part of the homily.  “The culture of death appears to be winning.  The prolife movement has received many blows.  But there is still hope.  We know that with the help of Our Lady who crushed the serpent’s head, God will triumph, and the forces of evil will not prevail” closed Fr. Peter.

Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm

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Anonymous commented on 18-Oct-2013 06:31 AM
How all inspiring what a wonderful thing to behold and see .
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