Photo report: The Csíksomlyó pilgrimage

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Csíksomlyó pilgrimage is the annual gathering of hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Catholics held at Pentecost near Csíksomlyó, Erdély.

The pilgrimage associated with the Shrine of Mary founded by the Observant branch of the Franciscan Order. The Shrine houses the famous statue of Mary who is surrounded by rays of the sun; she is standing on the globe and the crescent moon, her head surrounded by a halo of twelve stars. The crescent moon has a human face. Mary holds a queen's scepter in her right hand and the child Jesus in her left, both wearing crown. The 227-cm, gold-plated and painted wood sculpture was originally the central theme of a side altar. The statue of Mary dates back to the the beginning of the 16th century.

In the 1990s the church and the surrounding region could no longer accommodate the hundreds of thousands pilgrims. In 1993, a new altar was built at the mountain side and since then the celebration of the Eucharist have been taking place outdoors.

The Csíksomlyó pilgrimage is also a demonstration of the solidarity of Hungarians around the world.

This year Csíksomlyó pilgrimage has been attended by the Speaker of the House László Kövér, Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén, Jobbik president Gábor Vona as well as members of Jobbik fraction, including Gergely Farkas, Balázs Lenhardt, Ádám Mirkóczki, Sándor Pörzse, Sebestyén Vágó, Zoltán Magyar and István Szávay.

Gábor Vona and Sándor Pörzse

Csángó Hungarian pilgrims heading for

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Anonymous said...

it is great hungarians come together like this! I am magyar myself!

I only hope they don't forget the real meaning of pentecost, commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit on the followers of Jesus, till today!

Anonymous said...

Godspeed to the Hungarians !

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