– The Warsaw Walking Pilgrimage of Academic Groups “17” will go on a pilgrimage trail with the relics of St. John Paul II – informed the leader of the expedition, the Pallottine Fr. Marcin Przywara SAC.
– According to tradition, the 312th Warsaw Walking Pilgrimage of Academic Groups “17” will set off on August 6 in front of the church of St. Anna in Krakowskie Przedmieście, where at 5.30 is the morning prayer and the service of bed. In the Holy Mass pilgrims will participate in the Temple of Divine Providence. At the end, a word will be addressed to them by the Metropolitan of Warsaw, Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz – told PAP Fr. Marcin Przywara SAC.
He informed that “this year the pilgrims will carry with them the relics of St. John Paul II. – We want to send a clear signal through this sign that, despite the allegations made in the media in Poland this year, we recognize his authority – said the pilgrimage leader. that “the teaching and, above all, the testimony of the Pope’s life – characterized by respect and closeness to other people – can be, especially for the young generation, an important point of reference”.
– Through the intercession of John Paul II, we will recommend our homeland and families to God and ask God for new vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life – he added.
The issue of building relationships, the attitude to the church
Conferences and reflections on individual days of the pilgrimage will be based on the text of the post-synodal apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis to young people and the whole people of God “Christus vivit” (March 25, 2019). – Topics covered will include: the issue of building relationships, the attitude to the church, the sacraments, especially the Eucharist, or the topic of discerning one’s vocation. We will try to read the individual chapters of the document in the context of this year’s World Youth Day in Lisbon, announced Fr. vice.
As part of the Warsaw Walking Pilgrimage of Academic Groups “17” there are 13 groups. They form four legions identified by different colors – red, yellow, green, blue. On the pilgrimage route, it happens that a given legion goes to the next stop by a different route to make the journey as comfortable as possible for the pilgrims.
– In addition to the Pallottine priests, individual groups are also led by Salesians, Christians, missionaries of the Precious Blood or canons regular, which gives them a specific spiritual feature. The colors of the former Rwandan flag, i.e. red-yellow-green, are used by pilgrims who offer their efforts for missions and missionaries, said the pilgrim’s leader. He added that there are also groups led by diocesan priests, in which pilgrims from specific cities, for example from Szczecin, Kobyłka and even Częstochowa (60-100 people) go to Jasna Góra.
Increase in the number of pilgrims
Fr. Przywara pointed out that “despite the civilizational changes, the number of pilgrims is growing every year.” – This year we expect over 1.5 thousand. people, he said.
He noted that most of the participants of the “17” WPP Groups are young people, although there are also groups in which former students make pilgrimages, today walking with their children and even grandchildren.
“In the last two years, there have also been many young people who have decided to make a pilgrimage for the first time in their lives,” he added.
He pointed out that the motivation among pilgrims has changed in recent years. – There is a large group of people who set out on the pilgrimage route not for religious reasons, but wanting to test themselves or experience some form of adventure – said the Pallottine. He noted that with the next few days, many of these people change their views on life, God or other people.
– A pilgrimage is always associated with some effort and sacrifice that strip us of the masks we put on every day, pretending to be someone we are not. Then there is a chance to establish sincere, deeper relationships that we all need in everyday life – said the monk.
He mentioned that meetings with the hosts who receive pilgrims every year are also valuable. – Some people wait all year for this one day when we will come to host us, share the experiences of the last months and entrust us with their intentions – recalls Fr. vice.
They will arrive on August 14
Part-time enrollment is also available this year. On August 3-5, it can be done directly with the organizers at the church of St. Anna in Krakowskie Przedmieście, or via the Internet on the pilgrimage website, the organizers informed.
Pilgrims will enter Jasna Góra in the afternoon of August 14.
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