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 Điluva, September 8–15: Indulgenced Octave in Điluva “For Civil and Christian Consciousness”

Indulgenced octave in famous Marian Shrine of Điluva on September 8– 15 had general prayer intention “For Civil and Christian Consciousness”. As usually, particular days of the octave were meant for different social groups: youth, families, military, sick, health care personnel, politicians and people of the media, etc. Commenting the general prayer intention of the octave “for civil and Christian consciousness”, Archbishop Sigitas Tamkevičius said he was concerned with huge emigration, decline of birth rate, and spreading of consumeristic lifestyle among the youth. Archbishop said, the general prayer intention was meant to emphasize “the double citizenship” of every Christian: belonging to the Church and the Kingdom, and, on the other hand, responsible participation in social and political life of the country.

Ca. 40 thousand pilgrims received the Holy Communion during September indulgenced octave in Điluva.

Since the beginning of the XVI century Điluva has been famous for the indulgenced Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, traditionally being celebrated on September 8. The 400 anniversary of the Apparition of the Blessed Virgin is going to be celebrated in 2008.

Anticipating the indulgenced feast in September 2005, the internet site , including pages in English and Polish, has been launched.

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