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According to legend, the Black Madonna was painted by St. Luke the Evangelist on a tabletop built by Jesus. While Luke was painting Mary, she told him about the events in Jesus’ life that he wrote into his gospel years later. St. Helen found the painting in Jerusalem in 326 AD while she was there on a pilgrimage. She gave it to her son Constantine, who enshrined it in Constantinople. The painting is credited with saving the city from a Saracen invasion when it was displayed on the city wall; the heathen were utterly demoralized and subsequently routed.

Charlemagne came to possess it, and presented it to Prince Leo of Ruthenia (in northwest Hungary). During an invasion of Ruthenia in the 11th century, the king prayed to the Blessed Mother for help. A mystic darkness descended on the enemy, who began attacking each other in confusion, and Ruthenia was saved. The painting was entrusted to the care of a Pauline monastery in Czestochowa, Poland. The Madonna is called black because of soot coating it, due to countless votive candles.

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