14. 09. 2018 14:20
Slovaks will celebrate the national holiday of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows on Saturday. Mary of seven sorrows was proclaimed the patron saint of Slovakia in 1927. According to the Catholic Church, the purpose of the Devotion of the Seven Sorrows is to promote union with the sufferings of Christ through union with the special suffering that the Virgin Mary endured because she was the Mother of God. Today, there are over 3 million Catholic believers representing about 66% of the religious population of this country who pay tribute to this saint on September 15. Annually, up to 20 thousand followers of Jesus Christ and his mother the Virgin Mary come to Šaštín Stráže, western Slovakia, for the national pilgrimage. Foreigners should notice all shops and offices will be closed.