U. N. O. Speech 11:30-12:45
“Lady of Czestochowa”
Introduction: The most famous woman in the world:
Who is she? What is she famous for?
Sports: Queen: Motherhood:
She has many titles throughout the world.
The Lady of Fatima / Portugal
The Lady of Lords / France
The Lady of Guadalupe / Mexico
For the Polish people, she is known as the Lady of Czestochowa or the Black Madonna. Look at the picture; notice the faces are black and the two scar marks on her right cheek.
Specific purpose: At the end of my speech the audience will be informed of the History, the Dress, and the Miracles of our Lady of Czestochowa.
Central Idea: Inform you of the history, the dress, and the miracles of Our Lady of Czestochowa.
Transition: To start with
Body: I. History
A. How the painting originally got to Poland?
1. The painting was made by St. Luke on the piece of wood taken from the table used in Nazareth. Table was possibly made by St. Joseph. It is said that St. Luke portrayed Mary as the Mother of God-Made-Man. That is why the child in her arms looks like a small man instead of an infant.
2. 326 AD St. Helen found the painting in Jerulesum while searching for the True Cross.
3. She gave it to her son Constantine the Great who built a shrine. There she is credited with saving Constantinople from the attacking Saracens. Citizens carried the painting around the city on top of the city walls seeing it the Saracens retreated. (A Miracle??)
4. Many years later, Emperor Charlemagne whose army helped defeat the Saracens at Constantinople, was given his pick of all the treasures of Constantinople by King Nicephorus. The Emperor only took the painting.
5. Later he gave the painting to Prince Leo of Ruthenia whose country was under attack at the time. He invoked the help of the Madonna. For King Leo- she was credited with saving a nation and his army from the Tartars. (A Miracle?) Hundreds of years later (in the 14th century) at the castle Blez, Prince Ladislaus sought the help of the Virgin Mary. Darkness covered the area. The invading Tartars killed many of their own men. (A Miracle?)
6. 1382 in a dream Prince Ladislaus was to take the painting to the Mound of Light in Poland. (Jasna Gora) The Pauline Monks built a shrine for her. (600th Anniversary 1382-1982) The shrine is located 125 miles southwest of Warsaw.
B. At the shrine in Poland
1. 1430 Hussites, a group of bandits, tried to steal the painting but couldn’t move it. A soldier out of anger put two scar marks on her right cheek. As he tried the third time with his sword, he was struck dead.
2. 1655 Swedes invaded Poland. Soon all of Poland was conquered except for the shrine. The 50 monks and 160 soldiers prayed for her help in defending the shrine, she answered, on the 40th day the 9,000 man army was gone without a trace. (A Miracle?) (Thus given the title Queen of Poland in 1656 and solemnly crowned in 1717 by Pope Clement XI.)
3. 1690 a great fire destroyed the shire, everything, except the painting. Chemicals in the air, burning candles, and the great fire are credited with why the faces and hands have turned black.
4. 1919 the Soviet Red Army threatened Warsaw September 14; September 15 the Madonna appeared in the skies above Warsaw. Knowing their prays had been answered Poles courageously forced the Bolsheviks to retreat this is known as “The Miracle of Vistula”.
5. Knowing the Madonna’s history of saving nations when threatened, Hitler was scared of her during W.W. II. In fear of defeat, he would not allow his troops to violate her or her shrine, and he gave standing orders that no planes were to fly over the shrine.
Transition: The next main point is her clothes she wears.
A. Accordingly to CGA World Magazine of October 1982 that she (Czestochowa) has two dresses.
1. One blue with diamonds, rubies, coral, and emeralds.
2. The other one is embroidered with beads.
3. Both of these dresses are worth millions.
4. Once a year on Holy Thursday they change the dresses. Clean and polish the jewels.
B. Baby Jesus has a red robe only.
Transition: Besides the history and the dress very important to the Poles, the miracles are the main thing she is really known for.
The Mother of God known as the Black Madonna is credited with 600 miracles. In the book, Glories of Czestochowa (1975) has some of the miracles she has performed.
A. A sick Mother
A mother had a mysterious disease. Doctors could not help her. The family went to Czestochowa. Prayed for her help---and ---(she answered).
B. Mentioned above miracles:
1. Saving Constantinople
2. Saving King Leo of Ruthenia.
(One story has it that the attacking army was turned to stone/salt statues.)
3. Saving the monks from defeat.
4. “The Miracle of Vistula”
Conclusion: Let me remind you of the three main points, which I have discussed the history, the clothes she is adorned with, and the miracles. She is considered the Queen and Mother of Poland, and for saving the country of Poland. If you respect her, in some way she might help you in the future.
May 3, 1926 Pope Pius XI appointed the feast day of Queen of Poland.
August 26, 1956 is a National Vow of Fidelity to their Queen and known as the feast day of Our Lady of Czestochowa.
Note: For many centuries, the priceless treasures of Polish Kings, Noble men, and the Polish Government has been stored for protection and safe keeping at the Madonna Shrine, Jasna Gora. This includes art, jewels, gold, and documents worth many millions.
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2. Michlewski, Jan and Rosikon, Janusa. 1980. The Shrine of the Black Madonna at Czestochowa. Interpress Publishers Warsaw.
3. Our Lady of Czestochowa: Poland’s Black Madonna. (1982 October) CGA World. Page 26. (no author).
4. Wright, John. 1975. The Glories of Czestochowa. Diocese of Worcester Massachusetts.
5. Blessed Virgin of Czestochowa PAPA (Polish American Priests Association). San Antonio, Texas.
6. National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa. Doylestown, PA. Dedicated in 1966.
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