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Mother of God and our Mother, Comfort of the Afflicted – Pray for us!
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  • The image of Mary the Comfort of the Afflicted is known for special graces and is adorned with crowns blessed by John Paul II.
  • An annual eight-day feast celebrates the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
  • The church is a prominent destination for pilgrimages, especially on foot.

Pivašiūnai, a small village in the picturesque lowlands of Dzūkija, lies alongside Lake Ilgis and the immense Gineitiškiai forest, some 25 km east of Alytus and 11 km north of Daugai. Pivašiūnai has long been known not only for its beautiful nature, but also – and even more so – for its church with a miraculous painting of the Mother of God and Child. In 1988, Cardinal Vincentas Sladkevičius adorned the famous image of Our Lady of Pivašiūnai with crowns blessed by Pope John Paul II and bestowed her with the title of “Comfort of the Afflicted”. The church of Pivašiūnai is among the most important sanctuaries in the archdiocese of Kaišiadorys, whose borders its renown exceeds by far. It hosts an annual feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is the main indulgenced feast in the diocese.