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*OUR LADY of CZESTOCHOWA*
THE BLACK MADONNA OF POLAND
LUKAN TRADITION: It is believed the BLACK MADONNA ICON was "written"by the artist St Luke on the table top built by her son, Jesus forhis mother, Mary. During the painting, Mary told St Luke about the events in the Life of Jesus which Luke used in his gospel .....
("One Who Shows the Way").
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..... And when in 326 ad, St Helen went to Jerusalem to search for the true cross, she found this icon of Our Lady and gave it to her son, Constantine. He had a shrine built for it. During the critical battle with the Saracens, the portrait was displayed from the walls of Constantinople and the Saracens were subsequently routed. The portrait was credited with saving the city.
The icon was eventually owned by Charlemagne who gave it to Prince Leo of Ruthenia (northwest Hungary). It remained at the royal palace in Ruthenia until an invasion occurred in the 11th century. The king prayed to Our Lady to aid his small army and as a result of this prayer a darkness overcame the enemy troops who, in their confusion, began attacking one another.
Ruthenia was saved as a result of this intervention by Our Lady. In the 14th century, it was transferred to the Mount of Light (Jasna Gora) in Poland in response to a request made in a dream of Prince Ladislaus of Opola.
1430 MAJOR DAMAGE
Bandits tried to take the Icon of our Lady of Czestochowa icon during Holy Week in 1430 but could not lift it, it had become too heavy to budge. With that, the bandits pierced her face with a sword. Unable to restore the Icon, they painted a new one as a 'genuine copy' including the desecration, the sword slashes on her face and neck. May be found in Jasna Gora.
1656 - 1717
QUEEN OF THE POLISH CRWN
The turn of the tide of war came with the victory of Our Lady of Czestochowa at Jasna Góra In 1656, the Polish Kin Casimir proclaimed her, the Mother of God as the "Queen of the Polish Crown" and a crown was placed on her head.
*END of COMMUNISM*
1920 - RUSSIAN ARMY / WARSAW
On September 15, the FEAST OF OUR LADY OF SORROWS, As Russia was about to cross over the Vistula River into Warsaw, the image of Our Lady of Czestochowa was seen in the clouds over Warsaw and the Russian Army retreated. Five years later, in 1925, Pope Pius XI designated May 3rd as the feast day of Our Lady of Czestochowa.
1931 - JESUS I TRUST IN YOU
on the night of Sunday, 22 February 1931, while in her cell Jesus appeared to a Polish Nun by the name of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska. He came as the "King of Divine Mercy" and wore a white garment with red and pale rays emanating from his heart. In her diary (Notebook I, items 47 and 48) she wrote that Jesus told her:
"Jezu, ufam Tobie"
"I BEAR A SPECIAL
LOVE FOR THE POLISH NATION"
Sister Faustina heard these words as she prayed for Poland;
1945 - NATION REEDUCATED
After Poland was liberated from Nazi occupation, 1.5 million people gathered at Jasna Góra to rededicate the nation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Pope John Paul II visited the image of Our Lady of Czestochowa four times during his pontificate. Our Lady's intercession is credited with the liberation of Poland from Communist rule.
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For the leader. Do not destroy!
A psalm of Asaph; a song.
We thank you, God, we give thanks;
we call upon your name,
we declare your wonderful deeds.
“I will choose the time;
I will judge fairly.
Though the earth and all its inhabitants quake,
I make steady its pillars.”a
So I say to the boastful: “Do not boast!”
to the wicked: “Do not raise your horns!
Do not raise your horns against heaven!
Do not speak with a stiff neck!”
For judgment comes not from east or from west,
not from the wilderness or the mountains,
But from God who decides, who brings
some low and raises others high.
Yes, a cup is in the LORD’s hand, foaming wine,
fully spiced. When God pours it out, they will drain it
even to the dregs; all the wicked
of the earth will drink.
But I will rejoice forever;
I will sing praise to the God of Jacob,
[Who has said:]
“I will cut off all the horns of the wicked,
but the horns of the righteous will be exalted.”