| Hyacinth and Ceslaus prayed
before the Blessed Sacrament and reminded each other they would meet in
their daily prayers. Jerome, a young novice from the city of Leisach, now
accompanied Ceslaus to teach, preach and establish a monastery in Prague.
Henry and Hyacinth now left Prague for Poland.
At last, nearing Cracow, he saw a procession with Bishop Ivo and
the Duke of Leezek coming to greet him. The city had two churches, the
Cathedral and the Church of the Holy Spirit. The Church of the Holy Spirit,
which was to be remodeled and a convent attached, was to be given to the
Friar Preachers. Hyacinth’s reputation for holiness was regarded by all in Cracow as a great blessing for their city.
In early autumn the Tartars were close to the city of Kijow.
Hyacinth was almost finished saying Mass when a terrified messenger
arrived and said the Tartars had entered the city. Hyacinth calmed the
priests and seminarians, completed the Mass and removed his vestments
except for the Stole. Taking the Golden Ciborium containing the
consecrated hosts from the tabernacle he again said that all would be well.
An orderly procession was formed by the priests and seminarians with
Hyacinth at its head. Screams of the Tartars approach could be heard.
Another voice was heard also. “Hyacinth, my son, do not abandon me to the
Tartars.” Every head turned to the statue of Our Lady. “Mother, your statue
is too heavy for me to carry,” said Hyacinth.