Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Lithuania, Land of Mary - A Moment with Mary

-- A Moment with Mary --
Une Minute avec Marie
An initiative of the Association Mary of Nazareth 

April 7 – Our Lady of Zyrovic (Lithuania, 1432) – Blessed Josaphata Micheline Hordashevska (foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate, d. 1919) 

Lithuania, Land of Mary

A quarter of Lithuanian churches are dedicated to the Virgin Mary ... and yet it was only in 1387 that this country converted to Christianity, after King Jagiello embraced the Catholic faith.

Marian fervor in Lithuania, both in the nobility and the lower classes, was such that Pope Pius XI once said: "Lithuania is the land of Mary"...

Among the most important shrines dedicated to Mary there are: Siluva, Kalvarija (or Varduva), Pazaislis (near Kaunas), and Krekenava in the north.

Our Lady of Sorrows is venerated in the cathedral of Kaunas, the capital city. In Trakai, the people honor Our Lady of Good Counsel. In Palanga, the people pray to Our Lady of Lourdes; in Vilna, to Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn (the "Czestochowa" of Lithuania), etc.

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