In the Diocese of Bydgoszcz
The NATIVITY of the BLESSED VIRGIN MARY,
MOTHER of BEAUTIFUL LOVE
Primary patron of the diocese – Solemnity
The image of the Madonna with a Rose – Mother of Beautiful Love (1467) has been venerated in the high altar of St Martin and Nicholas Parish Church in Bydgoszcz, built in 1466-1502. The miraculous image has been crowned twice. The first coronation (only of the Madonna) was conducted by Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, Primate of Poland, on 29 May 1966. He also named the Madonna Mother of Beautiful Love and the name has since caught on. The ceremony was attended by the then Archbishop of Kraków, Cardinal Karol Wojtyła, who 33 years later, on 7 June 1999, arrived in Bydgoszcz as Pope John Paul II. During the Holy Mass on the Bydgoszcz Airport (with 600 thousand believers) he adorned the temples of both the Mother and Son with two new crowns.
Office as on the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.