©Terra Sancta Scrolls are waxed paper parchment scrolls inspired by the Dead Sea Scrolls—hand-crafted in a small village near Jerusalem. This unique ancient styled artwork from the Holy Land has a leather and wood hanger and features the painting of the Miraculous Image of Our Lady of Częstochowa icon with a Polish evening prayer below:
Scroll measures approx. 8.25" W x 18.0" H
According to legend, the Black Madonna of Częstochowa icon was painted on a cypress table top from the home of the Holy Family by St. Luke the Evangelist. The painting depicts the Madonna in robes decorated in fleur de lys. The Jasna Góra tells that in August of 1382, the picture was moved from Jerusalem to Częstochowa. Cut marks on the cheek of Mary are said to have happened in 1430 when a Hussite robber slashed the painting with his sword inflicting two deep strikes. Upon attempting the third strike, he fell dead. Past attempts were made to repair the scars in vain, for they have always reappeared. During a Swedish invasion in the 17th century, the Black Madonna was credited with saving the monastery of Jasna Góra from being destroyed in a fire, but not before the flames darkened the skin tones of Mary and Jesus. As a result of these events, King Jan Kazimierz "crowned" the Black Madonna, Our Lady of Częstochowa, as Queen and Protector of Poland on April 1st, 1656 in the cathedral of Lwów. This holy icon of the Virgin Mary is Poland's holiest relic as well as one of the country's national symbols.