Pilgrim in Bucovina
Each year on the 14th and 15th of August, Cacica is the scene of an impressive pilgrimage, where 20.000 to 25.000 pilgrims come and pray, listen and meditate to God’s word, confess and participate to the Holy procession. Cacica and the surrounding localities are well known as true hearths for Polish ethnics in Bucovina. Pilgrims from Romania and pilgrims from Poland, Germany, France, Hungary, Austria and Italy are also present in Cacica.
A remarkable point in Cacica pilgrimage program is the youth’s pilgrimage. Young people along with the other pilgrims wait for the Bishop at almost 55km far from Cacica and together they walk the road to the sanctuary, singing and reciting the Saint Rosario. Priests and nuns are also present at the pilgrimage.
The Marian Vigil at 22.00 hours represents for all the pilgrims the peak of the holiday eve of “the Assumption”. It involves the candle procession, Vespers prayer, Saint Rosario and many other Marian songs.
The central point of the 15th of August -the Assumption- is the procession celebrated at 11.00 o’clock by over 50 priests. At the end, after the flowers and religious items brought by the pilgrims have been blessed, pilgrims are thanked and are asked not to extinct the fire light in their hearts during the pilgrimage.
Putna monastery remains, for more than five centuries, an important spiritual, historical and cultural reference of a world with a tumultuous history. Through its founder’s name, Putna Monastery becomes well known not only in the country but in the whole Europe, Stephan the Great being known as the athlete of Christianity.
The pilgrimage in Putna takes place each year on the 15th of August on the occasion of the Assumption. Thousands of believers are gathering in the monastery court to listen to the mass officiated by a group of more than 35 priests. Devotion, unstoppable prayers and people on their knees, listening to priests messages; this is the atmosphere in the courtyard of Putna Monastery.
The pilgrim knows that each spiritual journey has profound meanings from which he has to learn. That is why, year after year, at the gates of Putna Monastery people are coming from everywhere.