Prayer service on the 13th day of the month:
8.00 • Holy Mass (in the Chapel of the Apparition)
9.00 • Holy Mass (in the Chapel of the Apparition)
10.00 • Holy Mass (in the Basilica)
10.45 • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (in the Basilica)
11.30 • Rosary and litany of the Virgin Mary (in the Basilica)
12.00 • Holy Mass led by the bishops (in the Basilica)
13.30 • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 16.00 (in the Chapel of the Health of the Sick)
15.00 • Chaplet of Divine Mercy (in the Chapel of the Health of the Sick)
There’s tea for everyone in the Pilgrim Information Center after 9.00, 10.00 and 12.00 Holy Mass.
History of celebration
Devotion to Mary on day 13 of each month got popular after her appartions in Fatima (Portugal), when in 1917 from May to October she appeared to three little shepherds on the 13th day of the month. The tradition to celebrate this day in Šiluva has been going on since 1981. A then deacon of Šakiai, now Vilkaviškis bishop emeritus Juozas Žemaitis MIC brought a gift from the Irish Catholics to Lithuanian Catholics – a statue of Virgin Mary (now you can find it on the back side of the altar in the Apparition Chapel). It became more and more popular to go to Šiluva on day 13: in 1988 the then rector of Šiluva Monsg. Vaclovas Grauslys testified that the main Mass is celebrated by 15 to 25 priests and from 1500 to 2000 Holy Communions are given out.
This tradition to celebrate the 13th day of the month is undying after Lithuania regained its independence. Holy Mass is celebrated by the Lithuanian bishops, pilgrimages are organised by the faithful of the Archdiocese.
On this day Šiluva is flooded by those asking patronage of Mary with various personal intentions, especially praying for Lithuania. Gratitude is shown for the gift of freedom and it is asked to bless the lives of people nowadays.