The Mother of God appeared on the one and only occasion of September 19, 1846 to two shepherds: 15-year-old Melania Calvat and 11-year-old Maksymin Giraud on a mountain rising above La Salette, in the high Alps in France.
According to the children's accounts, she was a woman of extraordinary beauty sitting inside a bright sphere. Initially, she had her face covered, and her elbows rested on her knees and she cried. On her breast was a cross with Jesus Christ with tools of torment placed on it: a hammer and pliers. From the cross radiated the extraordinary brightness surrounding Mary.
The Rosary Crusade for the Motherland is a daily prayer, at least one decade of the rosary, with the intention:
"With Mary, Queen of Poland, let us pray for Poland that is faithful to God, the Cross
and the Gospel, for the fulfillment of the Jasna Góra Vows of the Nation. "
In our painting - along with the background of Matejko's painting - Baptism of Poland.
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