July 2, Our Lady of Kodeń (Najświętszej Maryi Panny Kodeńskiej)

July 2
In the Diocese of Siedlce
Obligatory memorial

The image of Kodeń, which is a copy of a Spanish statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe, was probably commissioned by Pope Gregory the Great. It was brought to Kodeń by the proprietor of Kodeń Prince Mikołaj Sapieha. An undocumented account has it that in 1631 the price, being miraculously healed, stole the image from the chapel of Pope Urban VIII. In Kodeń the image became the object of cult of the members of the Roman and Greek Churches, as well as the Orthodox Church. In 1723 it was crowned with papal crowns by the Bishop of Lutsk Stefan. B. Rupniewski. During Russian persecutions and the cancellation of the Kodeń parish the benevolent image was taken to the monastery of Jasna Góra, from where he ceremoniously returned to Kodeń in 1927. Pope John Paul II confirmed the cult of Our Lady of Kodeń as the Mother of Unity in 1997.

Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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Sermon by Saint Amadeus, Bishop of Lausanne
(Sermon VIII about BVM)

Unparalleled are the Blessed Virgin Merits, and her constant advocacy for us has got great power before the Lord. All is known and revealed in the Creator’s eyes, and in this Divine light she sees all the dangers that threaten us and the maternal heart of this sweet and gracious Lady pities us. Out of the unfathomable Divine Providence, she was called Mary, the Star of the Sea – the name reflects her charity.

She reigns from the heights of heavens with her Son, shining with beauty and full of power – with a single nod she calms the rush of sea waves. Those that wander the turbulent paths of this world and with trust call for her help are saved from dangerous disturbance of unfettered elements and led to the shores of the land where they participate with joy in her victory.

The Blessed Virgin gathers the dispersed, guides the lost, saves from death and protects from destruction those that are led towards destruction. She not only watches over the salvation of souls, but she also helps with love those in need, grants health and heals the wounds of hearts. In the places devoted to her memory, through her intercession, the lame walk, the blind see, the deaf hear, the mute speak and various disabilities and weaknesses are healed. Sinners, beating their breast, confess their sins and, being forgiven, return home with joy. She too draws the despondent, the afflicted and sad, the despaired, the lost, the poor, the dishonoured, and the vilified. She does not reject any paupers. Merciful, she begs her Son for them and reverts all evil.

Let us ponder how much she loves and attracts those that are of pure heart like hers for, as we know, with her intercession she even saves wrongdoers and the perverted from eternal death. He makes some defeat the evil, and leads others along the paths of virtuous life. She shows the chosen ones the depth of prayer contemplation and begs salvation for the dying so that no devil power has access to those that the Mother of the Only-Begotten God’s Son leads towards Christ. [1]


O Holy Father, Source of concord and unity,
grant through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of all redeemed, that all the nations on earth were united as One God’s People of the New Covenant.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Congregatio de Cultu Divino et Disciplina Sacramentorum. Probatum seu confirmatum, die 20 februarii 1997, Prot. 1338/95/L.

[1] Translated by DChojnacki (2014).


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