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Traveling Icon Visits St. Michael’s This Monday
NEW JERSEY – St. Michael the Archangel Church in Lyndhurst will host the traveling icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa on Monday, September 30. This icon comes from Częstochowa, Poland and travels throughout the world for the purpose of praying for the intercession of Our Lady for life. Before visiting St. Michael’s, the icon will have traveled over 40,000 miles and visited 24 countries. This traveling copy of the icon was blessed at the monastery of Jasna Gora in Poland, where the original is kept.
Saint Luke the Evangelist is believed to be the original artist of the painting, also known as the “Black Madonna,” in which Mary is depicted holding the Christ Child. This sacred picture was brought from Jerusalem through Constantinople and arrived in Poland in 1382. Miracles associated with the painting have been documented from this time onward. King John II Casimir Vasa crowned Our Lady of Częstochowa as Queen and Protector of Poland in 1656, following a Polish victory over a much larger Swedish invading army.
Fr. Stanley Kostrzomb, pastor of St. Michael’s said, “I am happy that St. Michael’s is one of the parishes that the traveling icon will visit. Our prayers will be united with the prayers of all those people of the places where this image of Mary stopped. This will make a difference in the promotion of the culture of life..
The icon is expected to arrive at St. Michael’s at around 11:00 AM on September 30th and remain through the evening. There will be special prayers for life in English after the 12 Noon Mass, and in Polish after the 7:00 PM Miraculous Medal Novena.
St. Michael the Archangel Church is located at the corner of Ridge Road and Page Avenue in Lyndhurst. The parish web site is