Thousands of Catholics throughout Poland continue to gather for services held as part of the Order’s Our Lady of Guadalupe prayer program. The jurisdiction’s framed image is scheduled to visit all 39 Polish councils.
“The goal of the tour of the portrait of Our Lady of Guadalupe is to convey the message of life, because the Virgin Mary is the guardian and patron of the creation of life,” said Stanisław Dziwiński, who is the juridisdiction’s coordinator for the Marian prayer program. He added that this message is strongly emphasized in the parishes hosting the event, with prayers devoted to the unborn, families, expecting mothers, the sick, and all men, women and children. The services also included oaths taken by those present to protect life.
The program began in Poland on Oct. 8, 2011, starting at Radom Council 14004. By the end of March 2012, the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe had been the focus of prayer programs at 19 Polish councils, with the image set to visit the remaining councils. The image was taken to prayer services at parishes and other locations within the councils’ immediate area, including the Provincial Hospital of Tychy and the Polish Theater in Bielski-Biala, which was hosting a diocesan youth forum.
At a prayer service in the university church dedicated to St. Hedwig, Queen of Poland in Rzeszów, officials present included university presidents, Podkarpacie Parliament members, the vice marshal and vice general of the Podkarpacie Province, local government leaders and police and firefighters. Bishop Kazimierz Górny of the Rzeszów Diocese celebrated the Mass, at which the vice general of the Province of Podkarpacie placed the province under the care of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Another Mass in Ludźmierz was broadcast over the Internet by TV Podhale.
It is estimated that more than 150,000 people have participated in the Polish Knights’ Marian prayer programs as of April.