CNA Staff, Jul 27, 2020 / 09:30 am
Catholics marked the 100th anniversary Monday of the consecration of Poland to the Sacred Heart.
The act took place on July 27, 1920, and was followed three weeks later by a resounding Polish victory over the Red Army known as the "Miracle on the Vistula."
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.
With the Bolsheviks setting their sights on the Polish capital, Warsaw, Cardinal Edmund Dalbor, the Primate of Poland, joined the country's bishops at Jasna Góra, the monastery housing an icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa, also known as the Black Madonna. He led an act of consecration of the Polish nation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.