Pilgrimage to the tomb of Marta Wiecka in Ukraine
On 20th and 21st May, a pilgrimage of the Vincentian Family to the tomb of Blessed Marta Wiecka took place in the city of Snyatyn. We gathered about 200 people, from different parts of Ukraine – Harkiv, Odesa, Kyiv, Zakarpatje as well as different branches of the Vincentian Family. In Ukraine there are 9 branches.
The Vincentian Family gathered in Ukraine during the time of war, which already lasted more than a year. On Saturday evening, the first day of the pilgrimage, we glorified the Lord with common prayer and adoration. The Holy Mass was presided over by Fr. Leonid Kuklyshyn, Visitor of the Province of St. Cyril and Methodius of the Congregation of St. Vincent de Paul.
On 21 May, we began with the prayer of devotion of the Mother of God. Holy Mass was presided over by the Bishop of the Kyiv Zhytomyr diocese Vitaliy Kryvytskyi. The Holy Mass was attended by representatives of the local government.
All of us were filled with gratitude for the Vincentian charism, gratitude for the shining example of service with love that we received from Blessed Marta Wiecka. In our hearts we carried the wish that the horror of war would end and that peace would come. In our hearts we have brought much pain to the altar of the Lord: it is mainly the pain of mothers, women, children, the pain of soldiers, the pain of orphans and widows. The pain caused by this stupid war. We asked the Lord for the courage to live in such a time, we asked for the comfort of the Holy Spirit, because we want to fulfil his will and our Vincentian mission in Ukraine.
At the tomb of Blessed Marta Wiecka we gave thanks for all the help, which we have been receiving for more than a year from the different parts of the world, from the people who consent with us.
s. Marta Meshko