This is a portrait of Black Madonna, which is situated in the monastery on Jasna Gora (the Bright Mountain) in Czestochowa in Poland. The origins of the 'Black Madonna' portrait are not known. It is only known that this portrait of Madonna came from Belz prince Wladyslaw Opolczyk and he in turn gave it to the Paulinians from Jasna Gora.
Why was this portrait placed exactly in Jasna Gora?
One of the legends has it that the horses of prince Wladyslaw Opolczyk pulling a cart with this portrait stood on this place and did not want to move any further. But this is only a legend.
The fact is that in the year 1382 there came from Hungary to Poland a group of 16 Paulinians and took Jasna Gora into their possession where there was a wooden church under the name of 'Virgin Mary the Helper.'
The convent of Pauline arose in the XIII century. As the pioneers of Christianity they in a short time started to lay their posts in different countries; in Hungary, in the Baltic peninsula, Poland, Germany, France, Italy, Portugal, and South America amongst others.
In the XIX century governments opposed to the church terminated the existence of the Paulinians. Out of 206 convents that existed only two remain and they are both in Poland. One in Czestochowa in Jasna Gora, the second in Cracow.
Currently the convent of Pauline is experiencing a revival. It has very many posts around the world; amongst others in Poland - 13, two in the USA. On of them is the famous so-called 'American Czestochowa' in Doyletown (not far from Philadelphia USA). Apart from that it has its residence in Sweden and other countries. A few years ago there even arose a branch of the Mary cult in Australia in a place called Marayong.
The name Jasna Gora (the Bright Mountain) was given to the mount by the Paulinians themselves. It was a name borrowed from their parent monastery, which was situated in Jasna Gora in Buda in Hungary.
With time the name Jasna Gora (sanctuary of Mary) as well as Czestochowa (town) came together and today very often they are used equally. By comparison one can say that Jasna Gora and Czestochowa are like the Vatican and Rome. The Vatican is Jasna Gora and Rome is Czestochowa.
The prince Wladyslaw Opolczyk himself made a ceremonious foundation and gave the portrait, which supposedly represents the virgin Mary with baby Jesus in her hands which today is called the portrait of Madonna of Czestochowa or in other words 'Black Madonna.'
The author and the time when the portrait came to being are not known to this day. The portrait for those ancient days had an extraordinary look; it was made with strange and rare techniques. That is why it caused people's great interest and they liked it very much.
In a short time then this portrait famous for its miracles started to gain great apprehension not only in Poland but also in neighbouring countries. The prince Wladyslaw Opolczyk himself stated that due to the portrait he gained victory over Tataric and Litwanian armies in Belz.
The bible clearly warns us against this portrait which will 'do miracles' yet shall be delusive.
I turn my readers ATTENTION to Revelations of John Chapter 13 verses 11 to 18 and also interestingly point out that the Polish Bible translations are in female form while the King James English version is in male form.


I quote:
13. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14. And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
(Revelation 13:13,14,15)


In the year 1430 the monastery of Jasna Gora was attacked by the Husy (a fraction of the Protestant religion) who plundered the portrait of its valuable decorations and also cut the face of Madonna with a sword.
Suspicions exist that the attack had a twofold purpose: robbery and religious - anti Mary. The destruction of the portrait is a sign of this.
The reconstruction of the portrait took up to four years. The Polish painters who were not able to repaint the portrait were replaced. The paint they put on the portrait flowed down. At this juncture the portrait gained even more reputation. It was said that it is extraordinary and that it has some supernatural characteristics. It was decided that some Czechoslovakian painters be brought. Their work gave the desired effect. 
The latest analysis discovered that the difficulties in reconstruction of the portrait were not caused by any extraordinary supernatural characteristics of this portrait. It was simply painted with waxen paint with different pigments layed on it while hot through which caused it not to accept any water paints that the Polish painters used. The latest findings proved that the painter who reconstructed the portrait crushed with an etching-needle the cuts (scars) in chalk relish and painted them with a darker paint which was to imitate the scars of the sword on the cheek of the Black Madonna.
On the right cheek of the Madonna there are two big engravings that run transversally from half of the cheek and slightly expand near the neck; they are cut by a third transverse. Near the neck and forehead are six engravings that are less visible.
Apostle John the prophet warns us not to give in to this portrait which 'does miracles' to which its identity is the sign of sword scar (Revelations John 13 verse 14)
I quote:
14. And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
(Revelations 13:14)
The quote above can be interpreted in logical understanding: a certain portrait shall be destroyed by the sword and shall once again be revived to its original look by its reconstruction. For remembrance on the portrait shall be left the signs of the scars made by a sword.










After it was reconstructed the portrait gained even greater reputation through which there was a great increase in the number of people visiting the monastery in Jasna Gora.
The pilgrimage guidebook of Jasna Gora in 1626 says about the portrait of Black Madonna:
'....We have come here so as to see you on this wonderful portrait most holy virgin Mary. Thou art the most adorned gem of the Christian Church. Thou art the clear fame of our kingdom, which flows out from this place to all Christianity.'
Considering the above statement one can classify its author/s as antichrists, as those who diminish the role of the Lord Jesus Christ in the plan to save the world becomes His enemy.
One known famous author wrote in his work about the Black Madonna portrait:
'the portrait of Jasna Gora unites supposedly the symbolic bracket of the Byzantine East and the Western Latin culture.'
The monastery of Jasna Gora experienced several attacks from the Swedish people but was never overcome. The first was in the year 1655. The Swedish invasive plan had a twofold aim. One of them was the fall of Catholic Poland and the formation of a Protestant nation something similar to what was in Sweden, or England.
In the year 1656 the king of Poland Kazimierz in a ceremonious vow committed the nation of Poland under the authority, care and defence of Madonna of Jasna Gora choosing her to be the patron of Poland.
Already in the XIV century people brought and layed down at the feet of Black Madonna in thanksgiving gifts the effect of which there arose an extraordinary rich 'treasury.'
In the year 1920 once again Poland was committed under the patronage of Madonna, this did not help much, as in a short time the Second World War began. Pilgrimage to Jasna Gora has been for the last five centuries. In the pilgrimages not only Poles take part there are very many people from other countries. On the grounds of the Jasna Gora monastery one can hear from the pilgrimage guides that 'it is a place for Poles and it is not only a place to which people go so as to give a proof of their faith.'
On video tapes and advertisement material from Jasna Gora it is said that 'the portrait of Black Madonna became for Poland not only a great symbol but also a sign of that which is Polish.'
The Paulinians from the Czestochowa monastery claim that the portrait of Black Madonna is equal to that of the white eagle, which is the emblem of Poland.
The Paulinians in an agreement with cardinal Wyszynski (the once head of the Roman-Catholic Church) accepted that Jasna Gora together with the portrait of Black Madonna is the most important place in Poland and 'from this place ought is to be built all the future of Poland.'
In the opinion of Poles as well as tourists visiting Poland there arose a conviction that a visit to Poland without a pilgrimage to Jasna Gora to give a bow to Black Madonna is a worthless visit.
The culminating moment in visiting the cloister in Jasna Gora is a visit to the chapel where the portrait of Black Madonna is situated. There on the sound of many musical instruments the portrait of Madonna is unveiled and at this moment everybody falls down on their knees (some on their faces) so as to pay homage to the Black Madonna. Completely as in the times of the Babylon King Nebuchadnezzar when on the sound of musical instruments everybody had to fall down on their knees so as to pay homage to a portrait which the king of Babylon had commanded to be made (Daniel 3:4,5,7).


I quote:
3. Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasures, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up;
4. Then a herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages,
5. That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up:
7. Therefore at the time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of music, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.
(The book of Daniel 3:3,4,5)
The Bible on the other hand warns the true believers with a commandment that no one should do this (Revelations chapter 22 verses 8,9).
I quote:


8. And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.
9. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.
(Revelation 22:8,9)
In the year 1966 when Poland celebrated the millennium of baptism, the portrait Black Madonna of Jasna Gora was adorned with a dress of the 'millennium' which was sanctified by priest Stefan Wyszynski (the then spiritual cardinal of Poland) as well as priest archbishop Karol Wojtyla (later Pope John Paul II).
The same day priest cardinal Stefan Wyszynski (the then spiritual cardinal of Poland) as well as priest archbishop Karol Wojtyla (later Pope John Paul II) layed t new golden crowns on the portrait.
Pope John Paul II in his herb placed a slogan 'totuss tus' what means a complete entrust to Mary.
Hundreds of thousands, and even millions of people come to Jasna Gora during church celebrations. A special influx of pilgrims is felt during the celebrations of the 3 of May - celebrations of 'Mary - the queen of Poland.'
Long ago already the authorities of the Polish church stated that Jasna Gora is too small a place to accommodate all the pilgrims. That is why in 1988 a new place was sanctified in order to build a place for prayers for the pilgrims. In one statement the business expanded dynamically.
In 1987 during his third pilgrimage to Poland, Pope John Paul II said: "Mary queen of Poland, lady of Jasna Gora be the inspiration of Polish conscience, be mother and tutor, do not be discouraged by our weaknesses, lead us, you who is the first of the believers, lead the people of God on this Polish land in the pilgrimage of faith and hope, yes and faith."
The history of Poland is inseparably connected with the history of the church of Jasna Gora therefore takes in this a special place. In its history the nation of Poland always stood at the side of its queen. It showed her faith, honour in tradition, culture and everyday life. It is enough to mention the vow of Jasna Gora, commitment into eternal slavery, the actions of cardinal Stefan Wyszynski or the Pope John Paul II.
As we can see the catholic leaders layed almost all the message of religion on the cult of worshipping Mary. Unfortunately the Most important Person of the Heavenly Father the Lord Jesus Christ, who offered his life, in order for true Christianity to be formed in a Godly spirit, was pushed aside into second place.
An example from the book of Jeremiah shows us what a great catastrophe those who shall be deceived by the cult of worshipping Mary or other idols shall go through.


Scars on the face
of Black Madonna.
It is not possible that the message about the painting with a scar dose not concern to the painting of Black Madonna, whilst it is the only portrait with this information