The icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa
"From Ocean to Ocean"
will participate in the World Youth Day
On November 26, 2018 (Monday), the Icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa "From the Ocean to Ocean", traveling the world in defense of the civilization of life, set off from Quito in Ecuador and at 17:06 local time came to the Tocumen International Airport in Panama City to participate in the World Youth Day (WYD). On the meter She already has 190,000 km!
She was accompanied by Fr. Leon Juchniewicz, a Polish missionary who has been working in Ecuador for over 30 years, and who is the custodian of the Icon. Veronica Vernaza, who has been "the secretary of Our Lady" for several years now, has also traveled together. She is responsible for collecting information on the pilgrimage.
The icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa was placed in an aluminum box, ensuring full security. In the second box there were accessories (frame, lighting, batteries, etc.).
At the airport in Panama, the Welcome Committee and TV crew were already waiting. The box was opened at the airport at 17:59. Everyone knelt down. It was a great moment. The custodian responsible for the security of the Icon and further peregrination in Panama is Fr. Francisco Verar also witeł Our Lady in the Częstochowska icon.He is one of the main organizers of WYD and the director of the local Catholic Television FETV-Canal 5 (official WYD rapporteur).
The welcoming group also included representatives of the local Polish community. Ewa de Abrego, a Polish woman who married the Panamanian and lived there for many years, gave her first impressions on an ongoing basis: It was a very touching experience. for us Poles, greeting the Czestochowa Icon is for us an authentic meeting with a Mother. We are not afraid to kneel together before Her and venerate Her in the presence of the Holy Spirit. We cried with emotion. The sisters who work with Father Francisco sang beautifully for the Mother of God. Even before Fr. Leon came from the arrivals area one could feel the presence of the Holy Spirit. Her arrival; It was with huge strength! She threw me on my knees and I could not get up. It was a very strong religious experience!
The icon was placed in the FETV Canal 5 Television Studio which broadcasted a comprehensive interview with Fr. Leon. He was led by Fr. Francesco. The two custodians of the Icon, who were handing Her over to one to the other. Everything that is important has been told. The interview was, of course, in Spanish. You can watch it HERE
The icon remained in the chapel of the Catholic television headquarters. Throughout the night, one could pray and contemplate the face of the Mother of God through a live internet connection.
The next day, on Tuesday, there was a live broadcast on TV of the Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Leon and the sermon in the presence of the Czestochowa Icon.
Television also broadcast material prepared in Poland, where we explain the history and significance of the Czestochowa Icon and the language of the icon.
Internet connection to live FETV television is: http://www.fetv.org/en-directo/
We invite you!