A replica of the statue of Blessed Virgin Mary of Csíksomlyó was offered as a gift to the Pauline monastery of Jasna Góra, Czestochowa, Poland announced by the organizers of the Csíksomlyó pilgrimage at the end of Saturday's event.
Last year, the monks of Jasna Góra gave an icon to Csíksomlyó's Franciscan monastery. The a replica of the statue of Blessed Virgin Mary of Csíksomlyó (also known as the Blessed Lady shrouded in the sun) will be taken to Budapest by Our Lady pilgrim train; it will arrive in its final destination in the Pauline monastery of Jasna Góra in early June.
Polish monk Majevszki Roman who attended the Csíksomlyó pilgrimage in his speech he has given entirely in Hungarian thanked for the gift emphasizing the historical friendship between the Hungarian and Polish people – this friendship is a true friendship because "it was concluded on the basis of the cross." said the monk.
He called Csíksomlyó the true spiritual source of the Hungarian people. He added that when Hungarians visiting the monastery of Jasna Góra he usually ask them to sing the Székely National Anthem. He finds this anthem as being one of the most beautiful among all anthems and it sounds the most authentic in Csíksomlyó. He especially likes the line which say "Lady, lead your people to victory again,"; at the end of the speech, the Polish Pauline monk received an enthusiastic applaud from the hundreds of thousands of pilgrims.
(Notes: The statue of Virgin Mary of Csíksomlyó (also known as the Blessed Lady shrouded in the sun, an obvious allusion to its pagan origin. Before adopting Christianity, pagan Goddess “Boldogasszony” 'Blessed Lady' was a highly revered Hungarian deity. After adopting Christianity, due to the obvious reasons, people started calling Virgin Mary by that name.) depicting Mary holding the baby Jesus in her left hand. The statue was carved from linden wood in Renaissance style by an unknown artist sometime between 1515 and 1520. The 2.27 m tall iconic figure is among the largest of its kind in the world. The effigy depicts Mary standing on the crescent moon, there is a crown decorated with twelve stars on her head; she holds a scepter in her right hand while in her left she is holding baby Jesus. This figure of Virgin Mary is the center point of the pilgrimage; pilgrims appear before her to show their devotion by kissing her feet, and touching her with their religious objects. The statue survived the 1661 Turkish invasion and the following fire that consumed the church. According to legend, the commander of the Turkish army by seeing the value of the image wanted to take it with him, but the statue suddenly became so heavy that eight pairs of oxen could not move it. The Turkish commander became so angry that he attacked the statue by his sword wounding her at the face and neck, the scars of which are still visible. Legend holds that the figure occasionally engulfed in astral light, and sometimes, a time of great danger she looks sad.)
(MTI – hungarianambiance.com)