August 23, 2020

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26 August 2020
Feast of Our Lady of Czestochowa

Our Lady of Czestochowa

The origin of this miraculous image in Poland is unknown for absolute certainty, but according to tradition it was painted by St. John sometime after the Crucifixion of Our Lord and remained in the Holy Land until discovered by St. Helena of the Cross in the fourth century, at which it was taken to Constantinople. After the portrait became the possession of a Polish prince in the 15th century, it was installed in his castle which later came under attach by Tartar invaders. Determined to save the image from repeated invasions, St. Ladislaus went to his birthplace, Opala, stopping for rest in Czestochowa; the image was brought nearby to Jasna Gora ["bright hill"] and placed in a small wooden church named for the Assumption.

Our Lady of Czestochowa, pray for us.

Fr. Christopher J. Pollard