Rules of WPP
- Warsaw Foot Pilgrimage to Jasna Gora has departed from the Pauline church of the Holy Spirit since 1711. It is organized by the Management Board of the Warsaw Pauline Monastery.
2. Pilgrimage is a clear sign of the wandering Church, who is sanctified on its way through the truth and love. It is an act of purely religious and penitential character. Basically, it is a “retreat on the way.” It is characterized by the spirit of prayer, of Christian love, bravely bearing with hardships, observing the discipline and rules, obedience.
3. Participants, deciding to participate in the pilgrimage, should be guided by religious motifs and care – under the sanction of being expelled – to observe the religious nature of the pilgrimage throughout its duration.
4. Participant of the pilgrimage can only be a person who:
– In the right place and time, will register (and will contribute in bearing the cost of the pilgrimage)*
– Received a badge with the pilgrimage program and route,
– Became acquainted with the rules and agreed to comply with it on the pilgrim trail,
– Will obey to the orders of the pilgrimage Management, security and medical service and pilgrimage patrol police (WPP is piloted and protected along the route of the march by officers of the Metropolitan Police)
– By his or her attitude demonstrates commitment to religious and penitential nature of the pilgrimage,
– Listens carefully to the conferences and with his or her voice praises the Lord and Holy Mary, joining in prayers and songs; is disciplined and with serene patience tolerates the discomfort on the route and during the overnight stays,
– Proceeds to the sacrament of confession (preferably before embarking on the pilgrimage route).
5. Pilgrims every day participate in a common Eucharist. They are concerned about the climate that is created around them: kindness, culture, being sensitive to the needs of others, especially the weak and the elderly; They apply their talents and gifts (e.g. music, medical, technical), participating in the work of the various services;
Aiming to their beloved Mother, traditionally turn to each other, “Sister” and “Brother,” thus accentuating the family character of the pilgrimage.
6. Underage persons:
– Under 15 years of age – can take part in the pilgrimage accompanied by an adult – a member of the same group,
– At the age of 16 -18 years – on the basis of the previously filed (i.e. at registration) written permission of parents or guardians.
7. Pilgrims are required to go in groups to which they have been subscribed. It is clearly forbidden to leave the pilgrimage groups. Outpacing those carrying the cross or walking outside the group is strictly prohibited – it excludes such person from the community of pilgrims.
8. Pilgrims are required to wear a badge – which is an ID of the pilgrim. No one who is not a legal pilgrim has any right to stay in the WPP group.
The group Leader is authorized to check the badges – the IDs of the pilgrims of his or her group. However, in the entire management of the WPP Pilgrimage is daily entitled to control the badges – the IDs.
9. Due to the religious and penitential nature of pilgrimage, pilgrims should follow the following restrictions:
– Appropriate attire (you should not take off shirts, march in beach costume or gym shorts, use costume offending religious and penitential nature of pilgrimage)
– A ban on smoking,
– A ban on drinking alcoholic beverages and drug use under threat of immediate expelling.
The use of mobile phones is only permitted at stopovers.
10. The participants of the pilgrimage are obliged to strictly observe:
– Law of 20 June 1997 on Traffic Law (current unified text: Journal of Laws of 2011.1137, as amended)
– Orders of local authorities (prohibition of bathing in rivers, lakes, bonfires, destruction of nature)
– Indications of the safety service of the pilgrimage.
11. All the services involved in WPP in particular groups are marked and report directly to the group Leader. The services keeping the whole pilgrimage in order – report directly to the Head of the WPP.
12. The stopover places should be kept clean and the waste left only in designated areas (do not throw rubbish into transportable toilets). Due to the security of the ecological section no sharp objects posing a threat of injury should be put into garbage bags (broken glass, tins, needles, etc.)
13. Warsaw Foot Pilgrimage can not be accompanied by any cars or other vehicles including motorcycles, mopeds and bicycles belonging to the pilgrims and their families. However, due to special circumstances the consent may be obtained to register the car in the convoy of the pilgrimage which is confirmed by obtaining a special ID. For the sake of hosts, who receive us – cars of visitors are denied entry to the places of overnight stay.
14. Coeducational accommodation is unacceptable. In the spirit of penance you must be prepared for a number of inconveniences. Personal hygiene (washing, toilet) is permitted in the designated sites indicated by the services and by the hosts. Night silence from 10.00 p.m.
15. Outpacing pilgrimage and reaching earlier to the places of overnight stay is prohibited. If there is need to travel by car, each pilgrim should always have a pass issued by the group leader or doctor.
16. Participants of the pilgrimage – and the more outsiders – may not distribute any materials or emblems or collect any offerings without the knowledge of WPP management.
17. Failure to comply with the rules, as well as an attitude incompatible with the essential objectives and the spirit of the pilgrimage may result in the following consequences:
– Reminder with the entry in the ID card,
– Immediate expelling from the pilgrimage.
18. In the event of a serious breach of the Pilgrimage Rules, the Pilgrimage Management, Chief Safety Service members, or pilgrimage Police Patrol have the right to expel a trouble causing pilgrim from the Pilgrimage. Such pilgrim at his or her consent can be sent to Warsaw at his or her expense.
- The cost is a donation to the objectives of the organization of the 305th Warsaw Foot Pilgrimage. It is made at the registration for the pilgrimage. The paid amount includes the following charges:
a charge associated with the operation of Warsaw Foot Pilgrimage services
fee stamp, pilgrim booklet fee / and other organizational costs /.
2. Under any circumstances anyone who is engaged by the management of WPP to provide services to the Pilgrims, may charge additional fees (in the event of such a precedent, please inform the Group Leader, or Head of WPP)
3. With the disclosure of the abuse of the above rules the appropriate consequences will be drawn toward the person.
LUGGAGE – DRESS – ACCOMMODATION
1. Luggage of a pilgrim includes:
- a) a bag or backpack or suitcase, b) tent c) sleeping bag; total weight of all the luggage may not exceed 35 kg.
Luggage is loaded on the cars before heading out on the road. The car of each group is marked with the appropriate number (for groups of “10” and “15” it is determined by a color). A car with luggage waits for a group of pilgrims in the place of overnight stay. The luggage should be solidly packed (strong bag or suitcase), gas stoves and cylinders put separately (not attached to any other luggage). The luggage fee is paid at the registration for the pilgrimage. The pilgrim receives an ID and two luggage receipts: one for the carrier, the other for the pilgrim. The receipt specifies how many pieces of luggage are put on the car of the group, with which the pilgrim is enrolled. The carrier is responsible for the luggage received, not the organizer of the pilgrimage. In the event of loss of luggage, the carrier partially compensates for the loss from his own resources. The pilgrim is obliged to keep the receipt to show it at the luggage reclaim.
- Please take with you at least two pairs of well broken in shoes, several pairs of woolen socks, cotton underwear (not tight, and not elastic), warm sweater, raincoat, hat, sleeping bag, mattress. Tent is also recommended. It is good to have an electric torch.
4. We spend the night in homes, barns, tents. We do not take accommodation before the arrival of the group.
5. The fee for accommodation is paid to the hosts. We care about cleanliness and order.
6. We try not to lose things on accommodation and stopovers. Things found we give to the “Information”.
1. Every pilgrim should have a basic dressings (bandages, cream, dusting powder, basic medicines, and those currently used because of some ailments and chronic diseases). Medical care on the pilgrimage route is provided to the necessary extent.
2. We bring documents, rosary, prayer book and the money to buy food and pay accommodation fees. We do not take valuables. It is recommended to bring a packed lunch (tins).
3. Garbage should be collected in the designated places. On the route the plastic bags are used for this purpose, and at overnight stays – the carter and the host provide bags or baskets.
4. On the route pilgrims are forbidden to bath in rivers and other reservoirs of water (do not throw anyone into the water!).
5. During the pilgrimage we do not buy and do not eat perishable products.
6. We do not make bonfires and do not use unsecured fire in the vicinity of buildings, in barns and farm workarounds.
7. On the route of the pilgrimage, we ensure not to trample fields, grain, grass.
8. Registration for the pilgrimage and receiving of the pilgrim ID is treated as acceptance of the Rules of the Warsaw Foot Pilgrimage to Jasna Gora
Rules for the persons engaged in sales and catering at the Warsaw Foot Pilgrimage
ZAKON ŚWIĘTEGO PAWŁA PIERWSZEGO PUSTELNIKA,KLASZTOR
00-263 WARSAW UL.DLUGA 3
BANK PEKAO S.A 41 1240 6074 1111 0000 4995 5088
The organizer of the Warsaw Foot Pilgrimage to Jasna Gora is the Monastery of the Pauline Fathers in Warsaw, which has its seat at Dluga Street No. 3, and the person authorized to represent it is every time the prior, who at the same time is the Head of the Warsaw Foot Pilgrimage.
Management of WPP is responsible for the whole organization of the pilgrimage, including securing the pilgrim routes and accompanying cars, designating stopovers and arranging accommodation.
From a legal point of view pilgrimage is a private event, so only the organizer of the pilgrimage may grant permissions for any activity (including commercial) during the pilgrimage and on the route of its march.
On the management of WPP rests the responsibility to keep order at the places of stopovers and overnight stays and to ensure conditions for the safe pilgrimage. For this purpose, the head of the pilgrimage set up the teams of people responsible for particular sectors of the pilgrimage. These people are holders of the documents issued by the head of the pilgrimage. The team includes: deputy head of the pilgrimage, a police patrol, chief safety service members, the inspector of pilgrimage transport.
Pilgrimage is an event of a religious and penitential character, hence the established rules should be observed not only by pilgrims but also by those who accompany the pilgrimage. (Article 16 paragraph 1 of the Act of 17.05.1989 on Relation of the State to the Catholic Church in the Polish Republic, Journal of Laws no. 29, item 154, as amended).
The management of the Warsaw Foot Pilgrimage gives consent to selling foodstuff (excluding alcoholic beverages and tobacco), and clothing, as well as devotional articles during the pilgrimage, provided that a person’s commercial activity is compliant with the following provisions of law:
6.1. Anyone who wants to sell products at the Warsaw Foot Pilgrimage, must first obtain the relevant permits and carry a relevant documents, required by law, to present them, if necessary, to the relevant authorities of public administration (e.g. sanitary inspection) and management of the pilgrimage.
6.2. Anyone who undertakes to sell products at the Warsaw Foot Pilgrimage, must obtain the prior consent of the head of the pilgrimage, who is represented by the pilgrimage transport inspector. Inspector on behalf of the manager issues a written permission for commercial activities, in which the date of its expiry is determined. For such permission traders pay the designated fee, which is dedicated by the organizer to cover some of the costs of organizing the pilgrimage (including fees for waste disposal, sanitary facilities and the very stopovers, which will also be used by the traders).
6.3. Anyone who earlier received a permission, will be led by the police and safety service to the places with designated stalls. Without the permission the trade can not take place in the area of pilgrims’ stay.
6.4. WPP management is not responsible for the quality of trade and catering services. Such responsibility extends directly between the entrepreneur – provider and the recipient. The management, however, reserves the right to cancel permission granted earlier, if it turns out that the service provider does not meet the criteria laid down for trading of food products (e.g. selling products past the sell-by date, spoiled, also due to faulty storage, etc.), as well as violates the legal provisions, in particular regarding food and nutrition safety and sanitary regulations. (Act of 25 August 2006 on food and nutrition safety Journal of Laws No. 171, item. 1225).
Failure to comply with any part of these regulations, as well as the general rules of the pilgrimage, may result in withdrawal of permission for trade activities conducted during the pilgrimage, and on its route.
After becoming familiar with the above rules we invite you to take fruitful cooperation during the Warsaw Foot Pilgrimage. Based on the experience of previous pilgrimages we trust that the principles set out in these rules make it easier for you to carry out undertaken activities and pilgrims will first of all benefit from it.