Krakow, Poland, Jun 11, 2021 / 14:00 pm
Poland was consecrated Friday to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Archbishop Stanislaw Gądecki, the president of the Polish Catholic bishops’ conference, renewed the consecration as he celebrated Mass at the basilica on the feast of the Sacred Heart.
The Mass was attended by Poland’s bishops, gathered in the archdiocese of Kraków for the 389th plenary session of the bishops’ conference.
Poland’s Catholic bishops first consecrated the country to the Sacred Heart on July 27, 1920, at Jasna Góra, the monastery housing an icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa, also known as the Black Madonna.
With the Bolsheviks bearing down on the Polish capital, Warsaw, Cardinal Edmund Dalbor, the Primate of Poland, led the act of consecration.
In the summer of 1920, Soviet forces attempted to cross Poland in order to carry out Vladimir Lenin’s plan to provoke communist revolution in Western Europe. Lenin believed that if the Red Army seized Poland then the Soviets could offer direct support to revolutionaries in Germany.