“We look at you, Mother of Divine Love, waiting for you, your maternal intercession our salvation…guard your Rome” (Pius XII, 11 June 1944)
A little history of this pilgrimage:
Every Saturday night, from Easter until the end of October, a night Pilgrimage on foot takes place. It sets out at midnight from Piazza di Porta Capena, Rome, and reaches the Sanctuary at 5 o’clock on Sunday morning. The night pilgrims walk along the famous Via Appia Antica (old Appian way) until they reach the church called Quo Vadis, then they turn on to the Via Ardeatina and continue their way, walking over the Catacombs of St. Callisto and past the Mausoleum of the Ardeatin Caves (Fosse Ardeatine). They bring their personal intentions to the feet of the Virgin, along with the necessities, the hopes and the mission of the Church of Rome and of the Eternal City.
A group of sisters including some chapter mothers set out this past Saturday, June 11th, to make the night pilgrimage on foot to the sanctuary of Our Lady of Divine Love. The pilgrimage was made especially for the intention of the upcoming General Chapters. The pilgrimage began at midnight and ended at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Divine Love at 5 am early morning.
The pilgrimage ended with the celebration of the Holy Mass followed by the veneration of the Holy Image of Our Lady of Divine Love.
Throughout the walk, the pilgrims prayed the rosary, litanies to Our Lady, and sang Marian songs. The atmosphere was filled with silence and prayer.
We give thanks to God for having made this pilgrimage and we place all our intentions of the upcoming General Chapters into the hands of Our Lady.