Czestochowa Silver Oxidized medal oval 1" Italy Styles Vary

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Silver Oxidized Our Lady of Czestochowa Medal-Inexpensive Lady of Czestochowa Silver Oxidized Medal-
Oval 1" Mary medals Made in Italy-Black Madonna of Cz?stochowa (Czarna Madonna or Matka Boska Cz?stochowska in Polish-
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Blessed Virgin Mary Medals (Our Lady of Czestochowa)
Although the Icon of Our Lady of Cz?stochowa has been intimately tied with Poland for the past six hundred years, its history prior to its arrival is shrouded in numerous legends which trace the icon's origin back to St. Luke who painted it on a cypress table top from the house of the Holy Family.
One of the oldest documents from Jasna Góra states that the picture travelled from Jerusalem, via Constantinople and Belz, to finally reach Cz?stochowa in August 1382 by W?adys?aw Opolczyk, Duke of Opole. The Black Madonna is credited with miraculously saving the monastery of Jasna Góra (English: Bright Mount) from a Swedish 17th century invasion, The Deluge, which actually changed the course of the war. This event led King Jan Kazimierz to "crown" Our Lady of Cz?stochowa ("the Black Madonna") as Queen and Protector of Poland in the cathedral of Lwów on April 1, 1656.
Another legend concerning the Black Madonna of Cz?stochowa is that the presence of the holy painting saved its church from being destroyed in a fire, but not before the flames darkened the fleshtone pigments. The legend concerning the two scars on the Black Madonna's right cheek is that the Hussites stormed the Pauline monastery in 1430, plundering the sanctuary. Among the items stolen was the icon. After putting it in their wagon, the Hussites tried to get away but their horses refused to move. They threw the portrait down to the ground and one of the plunderers drew his sword upon the image and inflicted two deep strikes. When the robber tried to inflict a third strike, he fell to the ground and squirmed in agony until his death. Despite past attempts to repair these scars, they had always reappeared. [1].
Another legend states that, as the robber struck the painting twice, the face of the virgin Mary started to bleed, in a panic the scared Hussites retreated and left the painting.
Because of the Black Madonna, Cz?stochowa is regarded as the most popular shrine in Poland, with a pilgrimage made there every year by many Polish Catholics. Often, people will line up on the side of the road to hand provisions to the pilgrims as those who walk the distance to Cz?stochowa walk the entire day and have little means to get things for themselves