Today we would like to introduce you to some of the most important shrines to visit during our Divine Mercy Pilgrimage, following in the footsteps of Saint Faustina Kowalska, and her life and work in Poland and Lithuania.
VILNIUS – THE CITY OF THE DIVINE MERCY
Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, is one of the most important places for pilgrims seeking to experience the Divine Mercy Message.
Vilnius is also known as the “City of the Divine Mercy” as it is here where Saint Faustina lived most of her convent life and where the message from Jesus was revealed to her to spread God’s mercy to humanity.
Inspired by her spiritual director, it was in Vilnius where Saint Faustina documented in her diary the Divine Mercy message she received from God.
Pilgrims will have the opportunity to appreciate the most important catholic events that took place during Saint Faustina’s time in Vilnius as well as its beautiful shrines, including the Shrine of Divine Mercy, and Saint Faustina’s convent.
LAGIEWNIKI SANCTUARY OF THE DIVINE MERCY IN KRAKOW
The Lagiewniki Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy in Krakow, Poland, is the burial place of Saint Faustina and the spiritual centre of the Divine Mercy.
The sanctuary has become one of Poland’s most important pilgrimage sites for Catholics since the beatification and canonisation of Saint Faustina in 2000 by pope John Paul II.
Throughout the Divine Mercy Pilgrimage to Lagiewniki Sanctuary, Pilgrims will enjoy a visit to the chapel that contains the must-see painting `The Merciful Jesus’, painted by Adolf Hyla.
This painting is also associated with the apparition of the image of Jesus to Saint Faustina .
CZEKOSTOVA BLACK MADONNA
The Black Madonna of Czekostova, in Poland, is a very special painting of the Virgin Mary and Jesus. This painting is believed to have been painted by Saint Luke the Evangelist and to have miraculous powers.
On their visit to this magnificent shrine, pilgrims will learn the many legends and tales that surround The Black Madonna, including the belief that the painting chose its own spot in a wooden church on the top of a hill, and all the events that occurred after, like the damaged and restored of the painting.
HILL OF CROSSES
The Hill of Crosses,located in Northern Lithuania, is a small hill, covered with thousands of crosses left by visitors and pilgrims through the years.
The Hill of Crosses is a symbol for the Catholic faith, a tribute to the loss of people during the Lithuanian’s battle, and a place where pilgrims can share their prayers and petitions.
SAINT FAUSTINA’S CONVENT
Located in Vilnius, Lithuania, Saint Faustina’s convent is known for being the place where she lived and worked part of her life, and where Jesus appeared to her.
It was here where the Saint received the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and where she met her spiritual director Fr. Michael Sopocko, who inspired her to record her revelations and visions.
When visiting Saint Faustina’s convent do not doubt to take an inspiring walk through the beautiful garden and rooms where the Saint lived and prayed her devotion.
DIVINE MERCY SHRINE
The Divine Mercy Shrine, in Vilnius, is a very special sanctuary that exhibits the must-see original image of the Divine Mercy,painted by Eugene Kazimirowski, following the guidelines of Saint Faustina’s visions.
The stunning Sanctuary is a very special shrine to see during your Divine Mercy Pilgrimage as it is a place for prayer and one of the most visited holy sites in Lithuania.
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