On Wednesday, August 29th, Our Blessed Mother in the Czestochowa Icon in Her peregrination "from Ocean to Ocean" in defense of life has arrived at the capital of the Czech Republic - Prague. In the morning, Our Lady visited one of the largest parishes, the parish of Our Lady Queen of Peace in Lhotka. This church is one of the twelve churches that was built by the Czech Catholics as an act of reparation for the breaking of the column with the statue of Our Lady in the Old City Square in 1918.
On Tuesday, August 28th, the Icon of Czestochowa, visiting the Czech Republic, departed Olomouc and headed for Koclířov, near Hradec Kralove. The church bells ringing and numerous faithful expressing their joy by clapping, welcomed Our Lady in the Icon. Once inside the church, people prayed for the intention of the protection of life, families, and the Czech nation.
On August 27th, the peregrinating Icon in defense of life on Czech soil has arrived at Olomouc. It was escorted by a vehicle motorcade. To welcome Our Lady, the cathedral bells were ringing and Salve Regina was sung as the Icon was brought inside the sanctuary of the Cathedral of St. Wenceslaus (http://www.oldom.cz/).
On August 26th, on the Feast of Our Lady of Czestochowa in the afternoon, the Icon's visit to the Czech Ostrava was celebrated. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was celebrated by Bishop František Lobkowic, the Ordinary of the Ostrava-Opava Diocese. He addressed Our Blessed Mother with these words, "I would like to apologize to You, Mary Our Lady of Czestochowa, for the Hussites who have wounded You so much.
Our Lady in "Her" Life Mobile has arrived in Ostrava with great panache led by three motorcycles from Poland and also nine flagged vehicles. In front of the parish church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Ostrava, near the monastery of the Pauline Fathers, awaited several priests and numerous faithful with their families — the elderly, the young and children. Excitement and joy was vivid on their faces.
The parting with Our Lady on Sunday morning was very emotional. The faithful had white handkerchiefs in their hands, which they used to wave farewell to Our Blessed Mother in the Icon of Czestochowa. As the pastor, Father Krzysztof Ryszka said, since we are from Bielska-Biala then we have to bid Our Blessed Mother goodbye "in white." (The word "biala" means "white") It looked really beautiful. Many had tears in their eyes.
The parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the city of Bielsko-Biala has received Our Blessed Mother very solemnly. The altar was surrounded with the most unusual, colorful flowers, and after the official greeting ceremony, the faithful were approaching the Icon individually, in order to offer Mary flowers and well-wishes, as this was the Eve of Our Lady of Czestochowa's own feast day (celebrated in Poland on August 26th).
Wadowice is the place where everything began — as Bl. John Paul II had stated. Here, he was born, baptized, went to school, and served as an altar server. He lived with his family in a flat, right nearby his parish church. The flat has been turned into a museum. His mother and older brother had died here.
After the departure from Krakow (Cracow), the Life Mobile carrying Our Lady in the Icon of Czestochowa, had stopped in the area of the largest, oldest, and most renowned - Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, a town in southern Poland. At the beginning of the 17th century, Jan Zebrzydowski erected a replica of the Way of the Cross (Via Crucis) in Jerusalem, and had also funded many beautiful chapels.
The visit to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki in Krakow (Cracow) during the peregrination of the Icon of Czestochowa fell on August 25th, in the early morning hours. At first, no one paid attention to the significance of this date. As it turns out, on this particular day, St. Faustina Kowalska, the great apostle of Divine Mercy, was born in 1905. This was the 107th anniversary of her birth. Obviously, Our Lady had planned her visit to this Shrine on St. Faustina's birthday.