August 26th is the feast day of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Queen of Poland and the Poles. This miracle-working icon was painted by St. Luke on table which was built by St. Joseph in Nazareth and preserved by Our Blessed Mother after his repose.
The following is a short prayer scratched onto a wall by an 18 year old girl imprisoned and murdered by the Gestapo in Zakopane, Poland during World War II. More than any other testimony, it attests to the Poles’ great love for Our Lady.
“Mother, do not weep me for me. Holy Mary, assist me always. Ave Maria.”
Our Lady of Czestochowa, pray for us!
St. Hyacinth, pray for us!