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Mother of Jesus, Queen of Poland

And this is the scene from the aforementioned legend. Mary, Mother of Jesus, and the shepherd. The eagle she is holding is the White Eagle present in the national coat of arms of Poland, although this one looks somewhat unimpressive and unhealthy... What does Mary have to do with Poland and why is she wearing a crown at all? In 1656 Poland (or rather Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth) was already in trouble after a short period of its golden age, being now occupied by Swedish and Russian armies. The Polish King, John II Casimir, in an effort to save Poland, announced the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus, as the Queen of the Polish Crown and other of his countries. This act is known as the Lwów Oath, after the then-Polish city (today Lviv, Ukraine). Poland did eventually drive the Swedes and Russians back, but the following "reign" of the Blessed Virgin Mary was over 300 years of disasters (Partitions of Poland, loss of independence, World War 1, World War 2, communist era). Nevertheless, she is still referred to as the Queen of Poland and revered. "Then what are we so grateful and respectful for?", asked the Polish artist, author, and soldier, Józef Czapski. [12, Adam Zagajewski]

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  • Uploaded on April 6, 2014
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    by Michal Huniewicz
    • Taken on 2013/06/17 07:45:18
    • Exposure: 0.010s (1/100)
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.500
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash