The roots of the pilgrimage to venerate the icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa reach back hundreds of years into the devotional life of the Polish people. The American Czestochowa was dedicated in 1966. Twenty-two years later, several Polish nuns, (The Little Servant Sisters of the Immaculate Conception), made the first walking pilgrimage to the American shrine. Departing from their convent in Woodbridge, New Jersey, the sisters brought along with them just a handful of their students and a few friends.
Today, thousands of pilgrims make the journey. The walk is nearly 60 miles long and lasts for 4 days and 3 nights. During the 3 nights, the pilgrims camp out in state parks and on farmland. The contemporary departure point for the pilgrimage is Ss. Peter & Paul Church in Great Meadows, New Jersey. The National Shrine of Our Lady Czestochowa is just outside Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
For this year's pilgrimage dates:
"All Creatures" performed by Sarah MacIntosh, from her album "Then Sings My Soul" © 2004 Horizon Music. sarahmacintosh.com
"Offertory" performed by Luke Spehar from his album "No Other Way" © 2011 Luke Spehar
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