Revelations in Vilnius

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Revelations in Vilnius Introduction to Vilnius Pilgrimage The following extracts from the Diary of St. Faustina are a small sample of many of the extraordinary events that took place during St. Faustina’s time in Vilnius. On our pilgrimage, we will visit the convent where she received the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and where Jesus explained the Image of Divine Mercy. We will visit Fr. Sopocko’s house and meet with the Sisters of Merciful Jesus who...

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The Hill of Crosses

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The Hill of Crosses The Hill of Crosses is one of the most special places we will visit on our Divine Mercy pilgrimage. The Hill of Crosses is a small hill were thousands of Catholics place a cross and say a prayer for their personal intensions. The Hill of Crosses is a solemn testimony to the suffering, endurance and love of Lithuanians for their Catholic Faith. The origin of the custom of placing crosses on the Hill of Crosses is unclear but...

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Siluva – Apparition of Our Lady

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Siluva – Apparition of Our Lady On our pilgrimage we will also have an opportunity to visit Siluva, which is one of the first apparition sites of Our Lady in Europe. In order to appreciate the holiness of this religious site, it is necessary to know its history. Lithuania was actually one of the last European countries to accept Christianity. It wasn’t until the beginning of the 13th Century when Christianity began to be celebrated in...

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Lithuanian Culture

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Lithuanian Culture The culture of Lithuania, like all countries, has been greatly influenced by their turbulent past. Lithuania has endured long periods of occupation by outside forces, but this has contributed to the construction of their modern country. Nowadays, Lithuania is a parliamentary democracy which was influenced by the injustice of their past occupiers. Approximately 84% of people identify themselves as ethnic Lithuanians. The...

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Vilnius Cathedral

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Vilnius Cathedral While on our pilgrimage, we will visit the famous Vilnius Cathedral in the Old Town. This is one of the most beautiful churches in Lithuania and on its walls are some of the most inspiring paintings and frescos in the world. Vilnius Cathedral is over 900 hundred years old. Unfortunately, the current building is only about 360 years old. A series of terrible fires and floods destroyed the Cathedral numerous times between 1200 –...

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Sisters of Merciful Jesus

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Sisters of Merciful Jesus The “Sisters of the Merciful Jesus” which Jesus asked Saint Faustina to found, were founded in Vilnius on the instructions and guidance of Jesus Himself. This order asked for by God to give their lives praying for mercy for the world. This is a very special convent and a special religious order and through it Jesus promises He will bestow mercy on the world. The Sisters Convent is in the Parish House of Fr....

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