50TH JUBILEE OF ST. MARY’S BLACK MADONNA OF CZĘSTOCHOWA IMAGE CORONATION
Coronation in Kraków!
The news has spread all over Poland: at the end of the Visitation of Mary to the Kraków Archdiocese, tomorrow, on the 15th of December, 1968, on Gaudete Sunday – Advent Joy Sunday, a coronation of a copy of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa, The Queen of Poland, will take place.
(part of a sermon delivered on the eve of the coronation,
14th of December, 1968)
According to the history books, this year Kraków and its majestic St. Mary’s Parish will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of St. Mary’s Black Madonna of Częstochowa image coronation. As the oldest copy of Jasna Góra’s painting is simply revered by the residents of Kraków, this will be an important date for both the parish and the city itself. Many prayers are eagerly offered to the Virgin Mary in a simple chapel by the entrance to the Basilica.
Thus, St. Mary’s Parish desires its preparations for the celebrations to be no less zealous and full of gratitude than those which accompanied witnesses to the coronation on 15th of December, 1968. We would also like to cordially invite you to the novena preceding the jubilee year events, which will be held on a Saturday after the fifteenth day of each month. A holy mass will be celebrated at 6.30 pm, followed by a procession to the chapel and a service for our Patron.