Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Our Lady of Częstochowa: The Black Madonna

Today is the feast of Our Lady of Częstochowa! I never had a great devotion to this image until the year 2000... That was when I was ordained! That makes today my eighth anniversary of my ordination! When I first found out my ordination would be on August 26th I was a bit disappointed that it would not be on a feast day, but later found out about Częstochowa. It was made more special when I realized the great devotion that Pope John Paul II had for her as well. Pope John Paul II, native of Poland, visited the shrine in 1979 and 1983.The miraculous portrait of Our Lady of Czestochowa is venerated by many as an actual portrait of the Madonna, painted during her lifetime by Saint Luke the Evangelist on the top of a cypress-wood table. For more information on Our Lady of Częstochowa click here. Also, today is now the feast of Blessed Ceferino Namuncurá! So this is a real Salesian holiday for me as well!

7 comments:

Nesha said...

Congratulations on eight years of service!
What a retirement plan you have.
Hope you are doing something special.
Nesha

Padre Steve said...

Thanks Nesha! Well, I had some cake for dessert!

Andrea said...

Thank you for saying "Yes" 8 years ago.

MissMeg said...

Oh Padre Steve--Happy Happy anniversary on your fatherhood! How wonderful!
Being a former "WASP" I never knew about the Black Madonna either...but now that I'm Catholic (almost 6 years), and my husband is of Polish descent (with a name like JAWOROWSKI!), I have loved learning about her, and have a beautiful portrait of her that I purchased during a Parish Mission given by a priest from Poland!
Blessings extra special to you today and always!

Esther said...

Happy Anniversary Padre Steve!! What a wonderful feast day to be ordained!

Padre Steve said...

Thanks everyone for the kind words and prayers! God bless you! Father Steve

Becky said...

Congratulations, and thank you.