Our Lady of Czestochowa by Saint Luke
October 18th is the feast of St. Luke, Evangelist and Artist. Tradition holds that the original Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, the “Black Madonna,” was actually painted by St. Luke on a cypress table used by the Holy Family!
“While the icon’s location during the early years are hard to determine, it is believed that the icon was brought from Jerusalem by St. Helen in the fourth century and was enshrined in Constantinople in 500 years, before being transferred to the royal palace at Belz in Ukraine for the next 600 years, then arriving in its present home in the Jasna Gora monastery in Czestochowa, Poland in 1382.” (source: pamphlet)
During our recent visit to my brother-in-law’s parish we were blessed to be able to see and venerate the pilgrim icon that is currently making it’s way From Ocean to Ocean in Defense of Life!
Chiquita immediately recognized Our Lady of Czestochowa from her Shining Light Collectible Doll!
You can actually order a free prayer card that has been touched to the pilgrim icon here
Happy Feast of St. Luke!
Prayer of Mothers
Father in heaven, grant me the grace to appreciate the dignity which you have conferred on me. Let me realize that not even the Angels have been blessed with such a privilege—to share in your creative miracle and bring new Saints to heaven. Make me a good mother to all my children after the example of Mary, the Mother of your Son. Through the intercession of Jesus and Mary I ask your continued blessings on my family. Let us all be dedicated to your service on earth and attain the eternal happiness of your kingdom in heaven. Amen.