Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Queen of Poland

One of my nephews recently returned from a trip to Poland and brought me an icon of the Black Madonna of Czestochowa.

She is considered the Queen  and Protector of Poland.

The wooden painting has been placed on one of the ethnic shelves in the living room curio cabinet.

I'm so grateful to my nephew. 

That was so sweet and thoughtful of him.

The Black Madonna of Czestochowa has been associated with Poland for hundreds of years. 

There are many stories about this special painting, said to have been the work of Luke the Evangelist. 

One account states the painting's presence saved a church in Poland from being destroyed by fire.

There have been stories of miraculous events and healings among many people who have made pilgrimages to the Black Madonna. 

The church where it now resides is  probably the most popular shrine in Poland.

There are two slashes on the Madonna's face, said to have been inflicted by a looter's sword. 

Apparently, when he tried to make a third slash, he fell to the ground in great pain and suddenly died, according to one account. 

As you can see, she's holding the infant Jesus.

For more detailed information you can go to  Wikipedia or

I'm so happy to have a small replica of this special icon, right in my living room curio cabinet, to remind me of my maternal Polish heritage.

I hope she brings special blessings to this house and all who come here to visit.



Kit said...

No, I am afraid I haven't but your item is lovely. You have a very special nephew for sure. Kit

diane.stetson said...

Sure have and I've been to her shrine too. I, too, have her in my Polish collection on my hutch. I really enjoyed my trip to Poland to see this wonderful shrine.

Susan said...

I've not heard of heard, but yours is beautiful and very special, I imagine. I'm sure she'll watch over you, XOXO

Ruth Ann said...

There is a church near us in Sterling Heights, MI dedicated to the Black Madonna. I attended a Polish wedding there. If you've never been to a Polish wedding, you don't know what you've missed. Wonderful!

Darlene said...

My mother is Polish and I recognize this image and have seen it before. I have heard my mother say her name a lot of times in Polish but I cannot and still forget how to pronounce it. What a treasured gift to have. Take care, Darlene

Terra said...

This icon is truly beautiful and powerful, and I like the story about her that you share here.

Ruth Kelly said...

I certainly have. Czestochowa is one of the places I intend to visit when I go to Poland. I have read accounts about the Black Madonna. The wood that she was painted on was from the original table of Mary (Jesus mother) and was brought to Poland after the painting.

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Well that sure was thoughtful of your nephew! I like your collection of ethnic pieces in the curio cabinet!

Chatty Crone said...

I have a friend who saw a black Madonna - you know there are more then one. How interesting. I love Poland - where my husband's family is from. You are a lucky gal. sandie

Linda O'Connell said...

What a treasure for you display on your ethnic shelf.

Merlesworld said...

No I have never heard of her but I don't know any Polish people they are rear here.

Dee said...

A thoughtful gift...i am sorry to say this is the first time I have heard of it.

Red Rose Alley said...

Thank you for the special blessings that you send my way, Susan. I have never heard of this before. She is beautiful. Did you know that I am part Polish myself?


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