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O gracious Queen, who at Calvary works wonders, to your protection we entrust our families!
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  • Famed for a miraculous painting of Mary, Queen of Christian Families.
  • Unique for its authentic centuries-old Way of the Cross tradition.
  • The annual indulgenced feast on July 2-12 attracts large crowds of pilgrims.

Samogitian Calvary (or “Žemaičių Kalvarija”) – is the main shrine in the diocese of Telšiai and a focal point of pilgrimages in western Lithuania. It is located in the region of Plungė, near the Mažeikiai-Tauragė highway. The town’s fame began to spread after a Way of the Cross with 20 stations was created here in 1639. Pilgrims also come for a painting of Mary and the Child Jesus, brought from Rome in the first half of the 17th century and known for special graces, which now hangs at the church’s main altar. Every year more than 70,000 people take part in the Great Indulgenced Feast of Samogitian Calvary. Walking along the Way of the Cross and singing 400-year-old hymns specific to this shrine, they meditate on the meaning and significance of Christ’s passion and death on the Cross.