|The “Rosary to the Borders” gathering under the patronage of the Polish Security Printing Works (PWPW) and Reduta PWPW Foundation
At least one million worshipers prayed on 7 October 2017 for peace in Poland and all over the world during the "Rosary to the Borders" gathering. Among them there were about 10 thousand participants of the Rosary Prayer at the Sanctuary of the Virgin Mary of Kodno near the border with Belarus. The prayer was organized by the "Solo Dios Basta" Foundation under the patronage of the Polish Security Printing Works (PWPW) and Reduta PWPW - Foundation for the Safeguarding of the Memory of the History of Poland.
On the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, we prayed for peace in Poland and all over the world at more than 320 churches in 22 dioceses at the borders of Poland, encircling the whole of Poland with the prayer chain. The Shrine of Our Lady of Kodeń was designated one of prayer churches in the Diocese of Siedlce.
"This is a special place where the Virgin Mary of Podlasie Queen of Peace and Unity holds the reign” - said Father Damian Dybała of the congregation of the Missionaries Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI), Parish Priest of St. Anna in Kodno, custodian of the Shrine of Our Lady of Kodeń.
The Congregation of the Missionaries of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate have been custodians of the Shrine for 90 years. More than 200 000 believers arrive here each year. Father Damian Dybala believes that the "Rosary to the Border" should not be a one-time event and prayer for peace and unity. He pointed out that it was the late John Paul II who called Our Lady of Kodeń the Mother of Peace and Unity. He also encouraged everyone to "love the Rosary," which he admitted was a difficult prayer.
The Polish Security Printing Works (PWPW) and the Reduta PWPW Foundations were patrons of this nationwide event because - as the Polish Press Agency emphasized in the media - "they make efforts to highlight the essence of the sense of identity and promote Christian values in the public sphere as well as support initiatives that further the interests of Poland and Poles ".
"The Rosary to the Borders” is an unusual event that has the chance to show to the Polish people how important it is to create a community and work for the welfare of the homeland. Nowadays - when everyone is exposed to a variety of stimuli, living in eternal rush, bombarded with too much information - it is important to stop for a moment, to reflect and decide what is really important, "said the President of the Management Board of PWPW SA Piotr Woyciechowski in the Christian weekly "Niedziela". According to him, the "Rosary to the Borders" is an event that "responds precisely to this need".
Also employees of the Polish Security Printing Works (PWPW) came to the Kodeń Shrine. They set up a few Christian banner in the places of prayer.
"We came to pray the rosary to tell ourselves and others in Europe that we are a nation that is not afraid and does not retreat because those who go back and fear die," said Artur Szumer of PWPW S.A. In a conversation with CP PAP, he added, "We lead our lives filled with faith and the spirit of the gospel, which gives us power and special strength, the spirit, which is so much needed for us and for Europe in this historical moment."
According to him, Europe is now in a similar situation as in 1863 and recalled that at that time the Polish-Austrian-German armies under the command of King John III Sobieski defeated the army of the Ottoman Empire which besieged Vienna, saving the Christian Europe.
"Poland is a guardian of traditional values that should be promoted and should guide our lives” said Krzysztof Ganowski of PWPW S.A.
According to him, the family and faith are the most important values that we must preserve for ourselves and for future generations.
"If we do not hold onto the values that runs in our blood, we will look like Western Europe now, without faith – as it is said – “Fear God and Dread Nought” stressed Krzysztof Ganowski.
Kamil Gaweł of PWPW S.A. recalled that the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary refers to the victory of Christianity over Islam, as it is celebrated on subsequent anniversaries of the Battle of Lepanto (1571), in which the Holy League countries, centered around the Ecclesiastical State, defeated the armed forces of the Ottoman Empire. According to him, we have to do a similar situation in Europe today, which requires us to unite and return to our Christian roots.
"We see a cultural mix in Western Europe and it does not affect us positively, we have terrorist attacks and face other dangers ," said Kamil Gaweł. The Rosary to the Borders is a response to Our Lady's call for the daily recitation of the Rosary, which she expressed 140 years ago in Gietrzwald in the region of Warmia and 40 years later in Fatima, Portugal. In both cases, the Virgin Mary said that penance and prayer of the rosary is a way to save the world.
The event was organized by the Solo Dios Basta Foundation, which was established in June 2015 on the initiative of a group of lay Christians, evangelizers and filmmakers. The Foundation was also organizer of the Great Atonement which on 15 October 2016 gathered about 150 thousand people at Jasna Góra Sanctuary.