Thousands of Polish celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Thousands of Catholics joined their Bishops in pilgrimages to celebrate the Assumption of the Virgin Mary

Tens of thousands of Catholics in Poland this week started pilgrimages from their towns and villages towards Czestochowa to celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

On Wednesday the Polish Bishops’ Conference reported that some of the walking pilgrimages had already reched Jasna Gora on their way to the traditional and devoted feast.

On the eve of the Solemnity, one of the oldest pilgrimages – the 308th Warsaw Walking Pilgrimage organized by Paulines – have reached the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Jasna Gora. During their pilgrimage, they prayed for the beatification of Card. Stefan Wyszynski. They were welcomed at Jasna Gora by Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz, Metropolitan of Warsaw.

Soldiers taking part in the 28th International Military Walking Pilgrimage and 200 firemen with their families have also reached Jasna Gora.

Walking Family Pilgrimage

Before noon, in the rain but very happy, pilgrims taking part in the 36th Walking Family Pilgrimage of the Diocese of Warszawa-Praga reached the Sanctuary. Throughout the whole way, they were accompanied by Bishop Marek Solarczyk, the delegate of the Polish Bishops’ Conference for Vocations.

In the morning, the 39th Warsaw Academic Metropolitan Pilgrimage reached the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Czestochowa.

Pilgrims, in the evening participated in the Holy Mass celebrated by Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz, Metropolitan of Warsaw.