About the Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa

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A question and answer section that explains the origins and miraculous properties surrounding the Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa.

The Black Madonna
The Black Madonna – Our Lady of Czestochowa

Why is the picture dark?

Often referred to as the ” Black Madonna “, the image is of ancient origin, when artists used dark paints. The picture of the Mother of God with the Child Jesus on her left arm is done in tempera, covered with fine woven material and treated with a very fine chalk-like substance.

How old is the holy picture?

Nobody knows for sure, but the colours, technique and composition seem to indicate it as early Christian, Byzantine origin. However, recent studies trace it to the 7th or 8th century.

Where do the scars come from?

In 1430 the Shrine in Czestochowa, Poland, was invaded and plundered of its treasures. The bandits removed the holy picture from the chapel and attempted to destroy it with a sword, inflicting noticeable scars on the face of our Lady. In restoring the painting, these sword slashes were left as reminders of the dreadful desecration the holy image suffered.

Is the Icon miraculous?

There are many volumes of miracles recorded which have been attributed to the intercession of Our Lady of Czestochowa. These miracles range from remarkable physical healings to spiritual conversions.