August 26 – Our Lady of Czestochowa: Patron Saint of Poland

Our Lady of Czestochowa, Patron Saint of Poland (Feast Date:  August 26)

See Extract from:  The Black Madonna of Czestochowa Queen of Poland:   “Tradition says the Black Madonna of Czestochowa was painted by Luke right onto the kitchen table of the Holy family, which Jesus had made, with Mary sitting as the model. . . .  One story claims that the wife of the emperor who ordered the painting burnt, hid it away. It was eventually taken to the forest of Belsk in Poland. When Our Lady wasn’t safe there anymore an angel told the Prince of Belsk in a dream to take her to Czestochowa, where the monks of St. Paul of the Desert would guard it.  On Easter Day in 1430, a band of robbers . . . came to steal the rumored treasure of the monastery. Finding only holy objects, they got angry and decided to take those. When they put Our Lady on their horse- drawn cart, the horses refused to move. Somehow the thieves realized that it was Our Mother’s doing and so their anger turned on her. They slashed her face with a saber and threw her on the ground, breaking the icon in half. – That’s how the monks found her the next morning, in the mud on the outskirts of town. A miraculous spring appeared in that place.  The monastery’s artists tried to restore her to her previous unblemished state but could not. She was brought to the King’s court, but even his craftsmen did not succeed in covering her scars. . . . . Finally the men realized that it was the will of the Mother of God to keep those scars as a symbol of her constant compassion for her people, her solidarity with them in all the sufferings they had already endured and the ones that were still to come. “See picture:  The Black Madonna of Czestochowa,. Novena prayer to Our Lady of Czestochowa.  See also:  Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa., The National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Our Lady of Czestochowa.
 

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We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of Czestochowa on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Fog-Related Airplane Crash in Russia In which many Poles perished (April 10, 2010) (Europe) See World Mission Rosary Intentions April 26-May 09, 2010.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

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