Saturday, June 30, 2018
300 bikers set off from
Poland to Medjugorje on
Divine Mercy mission
After their departure this weekend from the Divine Mercy Shrine in Łagiewniki, Poland, to journey over 1,330 kilometres through Slovakia, Hungary and Poland, 300 participants of the motorcyle pilgrimage Iskra Miłosierdzia expect to arrive in Medjugorje on July 6 to coincide with the anticipated same-day arrival of the Polish prelate Mons Henryk Hoser, the recently appointed Apostolic Visitator to Medjugorje.
 
Organiser Fr Adam Parszywka SDB said of the pilgrimage, “We will combine our journey with evangelisation. Our mission and our task is to give witness to the Merciful Christ in Europe.”
 
On the way the bikers will participate in daily Mass and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. They will wear vests with the rally logo depicting the cross inscribed in the outline of Poland and the spark of mercy.
 
Before their departure Mass was celebrated in the Łagiewniki basilica by Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski. “With this Mass you start a special mission in Europe – the mission of proclaiming God's mercy. Show people through your lifestyle, prayer and sacrifice, but also through your brotherly unity that is Jesus Christ. Show that you want this spark of God’s mercy, which here appeared to the world. Carry it further to those who have not heard about Christ yet and to those who have doubted his goodness, love and mercy” said the Archbishop of Krakow.
 
“You will be praying for everyone to whom God will direct your steps. It is not known who they will be and you do not know exactly who you meet with, but you should always have this deep conviction that these are people who also need God’s mercy to be accepted into the Kingdom of God. Let your steps, your paths, be truly blessed and bring others closer to the truth about God, rich in mercy” added Archbishop Jędraszewski. 
 
After Mass the Archbishop blessed the pilgrims, their helmets and motorcycles.
 
• source: krakow.gosc.pl     • photos: Grzegorz Kozakiewicz