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Our Lady of Czestochowa, Queen of Poland

Aug 26, 2016 By Gretchen Filz

August 26th is the feast of Our Lady of Czestochowa, a revered icon of the Virgin Mary and the Child Jesus said to be one of those painted by St. Luke the Evangelist (who was an artist, as well as a writer and physician) as Our Lady relayed to him the stories of Jesus' life contained in his Gospel account. Also known as the "Black Madonna", the icon is painted on wood, according to tradition the very wood of the Holy Family's table built by Jesus himself.

 

This icon of Our Lady has held a special place of honor at the heart of the Catholic faith in Poland for at least the last 600 years. The two sword slashes on Our Lady's face, and a scar from an arrow to the throat, sustained in the 15th century from separate attacks by enemy invaders, has given hope to the Polish people of the Blessed Mother's special protection, and comfort in their many sorrows, throughout centuries of devastating invasions to their country.

About Our Lady of Czestochowa, Queen of Poland

Numerous miracles have been attributed to the icon, which is kept and venerated at Jasna Gora Monastery in Czestochowa, Poland.

Black Madonna Icon of Czestochowa venerated at the Jasna Gora Monastery in Poland.

In 1656 King Casimir declared Our Lady of Czestochowa "Queen of Poland" and made the city the spiritual capital of the nation, now the third-largest Catholic pilgrimage site in the world. Our Lady of Czestochowa, pray for us!

PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF CZESTOCHOWA

Holy Mother of Czestochowa, Thou art full of grace, goodness and mercy.

I consecrate to Thee all my thoughts, words and actions—my soul and body.

I beseech Thy blessings and especially prayers for my salvation.

Today, I consecrate myself to Thee, Good Mother,

totally —with body and soul amid joy and sufferings

to obtain for myself and others Thy blessings

on this earth and eternal life in Heaven. Amen.

About Our Lady of Czestochowa, the heart of the Catholic faith in Poland.

Comments

Marylynda says
Aug 26 2017 8:43PM
I came across this information and prayer to Our Lady of Czestochowa and it so touch my heart that I felt she was with me bringing me peace of mind. Amen.
Donald Kender says
Aug 26 2017 3:59PM
August 26th is my birthday. I am of polish decent. I feel very blessed to have my birthday on this day. I hope to visit this place in Poland some day. Our Lady of Czestochowa please pray for my family. Amen.
Barbara says
Aug 26 2017 2:59PM
I lived about 30 miles from Czestochowa many years ago, and every happening in family like wedding , new child etc.. we would go to thank God thru Holy Mother in Czestochowa . She is always there for us.
Jane Abernathy says
Oct 19 2016 4:03PM
"Hail, favored one." Luke 2; 28 My most favorite passage in the Bible. It is the beginning of our redemption.
Michelle Covington says
Oct 19 2016 9:38AM
The Shrine in Pennsylvania is so incredibly beautiful! The grounds, the Chapel, and the gift shop are amazing too! If you've never been, you have missed out on a very spiritual experience.

It is visited by people from the world over.

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Gretchen is a Lay Dominican with a passion for fostering an increase in Catholic faith and devotion through content writing and journalism. She works as a digital content writer, creator, and marketer for The Catholic Company. In addition to blogging at GetFed.com, she is also editor of the MorningOffering.com daily devotional email and author at GoodCatholic.com. She holds an M.A. in Christian Apologetics and converted to the Catholic Church in 2011. She is also active in R.C.I.A., pro-life work, and various faith-based web projects.

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