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Sanctuary of Pregnant Virgin Mary in Gdansk-Matemblewo, Poland
“O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth!” Ps 96:1
Ultimately, the Word of God, Jesus Christ, is the Church’s ever-new and ever-discovered Song! Through Him, with Him and in Him, this Song of the Church resounds, pulses and echoes.
But it has pleased God, in different ages and varied dominions throughout salvation history, to inspire New Christian Songs, that is Christian Devotions, like variations complimenting the constant theme of Jesus Christ. Take the rosary for example, which had its origins in the late middle ages, or devotions like the Stations of the Cross, Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Lourdes, Fatima, and the Divine Mercy, to name a few.
With each new devotion “Song”, we “Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations…” (Ps 96:2-3). Devotions help build up the Church and extend the proclamation of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth.
Many pro – life Catholics believe that a new devotion is just beginning to spread throughout Christendom; devotion to the Unborn Christ Child! We know intuitively why this devotion is needed at this particular time in human history. When Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus fled the Bethlehem region for fear of Herod, the Holy Innocents were slaughtered in place of Jesus:
“A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; Because they were no more.” Mt 2:18
Today this “wailing and loud lamentation” is heard worldwide. Almost all nations have opened wide their arms to legalized abortion, to the Trojan horse of “choice”, which has brought unparalleled sadness to the world and the trampling of respect for human life in its vulnerable unborn/preborn state.
But God wants to turn our weeping into singing, our sadness into devotion. UNBORN JESUS beckons us: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden…for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Mt 11:28-29).
Papal altar in Gdansk Matemblewo can be found close to Our Pregnant Lady Sanctuary (the only such sanctuary all over the world). By this altar, Pope John Paul II celebrated the Holy Mass in Sopot, on 5th June 1999 during his 7th pilgrimage to Poland.
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