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!