Friday, October 17, 2014

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

Jenn shared some great ideas for celebrating the feast of St. Luke over at Catholic Culture and I just posted some simple cookies over at Catholic Cuisine

Happy Feast of St. Luke!


  1. neat! I actually have a carved wooden statue of the Black Madonna that was my grandmother's.

    2014-10-18 04:05:05

  2. This is beautiful! Creating this "cookie paint palette" today and with my catechism class on Sunday! Thank you!! :) St. Luke, ora pro nobis!

    2014-10-18 14:14:30

  3. Thank you for the beautiful pictures of Our Lady. My son was confirmed a year and a half ago at this parish and took the name Luke or "Luca". We are blessed to be able to receive the sacraments here as we live over 3 hours away. God bless you and your family!

    2014-10-18 17:49:35

  4. The website is offer 3 prayer cards for free. I had hear about this but missed it in my area. Does anyone know of any other icons or pieces of art touring like this?

    2014-10-18 20:24:35

  5. Jessica, love the cupcakes! I haven't been here in awhile and I miss seeing all your wonderful ways of celebrating! :) Take Care, Carla

    2014-10-19 00:43:36

  6. So cool! We got to see it when it was in our area! Isn't she beautiful?! God bless!

    2014-10-20 00:11:07

  7. We just had this painting here in Wichita last week and I'm so upset I wasn't able to make it. We read a book on this a couple years ago for book club; I also have read so much on the lives of JPII and St. Faustina and so really enjoy anything with Polish history.

    2014-10-21 01:20:34


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