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In the middle of the night, between Wednesday and Thursday, October 10-11, the Black Madonna arrived at the contemplative convent "Kinderalm" of the Sisters of Bethlehem, located high in the mountains.  The uphill climb started from St. Veit in Pongau.  What followed next was a laborious ride up the hill, which became more difficult due to the driving rain, the fallen leaves on the road surface, the darkness of the deep night, and the poor condition of the road. 

The wheels were spinning so tightly on the slippery surface that Our Lady's escort had to get out of the car and push the trailer with the glass shrine up the hill at least three times.  On the last stretch of the route, the slightly burnt clutch refused to cooperate.  The tension, effort, and emotions were certainly not lacking.  This caused the arrival at the Kinderalm convent to be the more joyful – at last Our Blessed Mother's Icon arrived at the hermitage of the Bethlehem Sisters.

The visit of the Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa gave the Sisters such tremendous joy, especially due to the fact that it happened to take place on October 11 – the day when the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, proclaimed the beginning of the Year of Faith.  In preparation for this event, the Sisters spent all of Wednesday in solitude and prayer - "a day in the desert."  At midnight, they greeted Our Blessed Mother and surrounded Her with prayer.  The Icon remained in the lower chapel until 5:30 a.m. and later, four sisters moved Our Lady to the main church, above.  They were accompanied by two women with torches.  The sisters made the Act of Entrustment to the Mother of God and venerated the Icon until 2:00 p.m.

After a solemn farewell, the Icon was placed in the "Life Mobile" and travelled on to Salzburg.  This journey, however, made everyone a little nervous, because the burnt clutch of the vehicle, carrying the glass shrine of Our Lady, was not working properly.  Despite this, Our Blessed Mother managed to reach Salzburg on time, arriving in front of the Church of St. Mark.

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