Holy Mother of
The painting was crowned on 15th
Holy Mother of
Kalwaria, pray for us
The painting of the Holy Mother
of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska cried with bloody tears on 3rd May 1641 and in the
miraculous way was carried over to the Sanctuary in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska.
The painting of the Holy Mother of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska was at the
beginning in a mansion-house which belonged to Stanisław from Brzezia
Paszkowski. Prayers in front of this painting were in the early morning and
twilight. They prayed everyday what was typical for gentleman’s mansions in
It is worth to notice, that
Christianity in Poland was received first by the sovereign Mieszko (966),
and after him by other persons from his environment, by magnates: the Polish
nobility and counts. Going after the example of the most educated persons at
that time, also other Polish started to receive baptism.
Everyday pious Paszkowscy family and
their domestic service, prayed in front of the beautiful painting of the
Holy Mother. On Friday, on 3rd May 1641 the painting of the Holy Mother
started to cry by bloody tears. A priest who came, acknowledged that it is
the result of the Lord’s activity and insisted on Mr. Paszkowski to carry
the painting to the church in Marcyporęba.
On Saturday, on 4th May arrived a lot
of persons, who desired to see the tears of the Holy Mother. It caused that
Mr. Paszkowski decided to carry the painting to the church on the next day,
that is on Sunday.
After confession, Mr. Paszkowski
started on a journey to carry the Painting to Marcyporęba. At this moment
however, some unseen hand led him in another direction. He wandered long
time with this painting, and finally he reached the Sanctuary in Kalwaria
However, At the beginning the monks
did not receive permission to place the painting in the church. On 4th
October 1658 (17 years later) a bishop of Kraków Mikołaj Oborski permitted
to carry the painting to the church.
Soon after magnate Michał Zebrzydowski
founded the chapel for this Miraculous Painting, in which chapel this
painting is by today.
The crowning of the painting had place
on 15th August 1887. Pope Leo XIII agreed to the crowning of the painting.
The painting of the Holy Mother of
Kalwaria Zebrzydowska was adored also by Pope John Paul II, who was born in
neighbouring Wadowice and often prayed in front of this Miraculous Painting
in the Sanctuary in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska.
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