Black Madonna of Czestochowa

The painting is known as the Black Madonna of Czestochowa  – allegedly because of the soot residue that discolours the painting. Centuries of votive lights, devotional incense and candles burning in front of the painting in this Polish parish church are the cause of the soot. Here is a great video about it: Return Home

Mummering or Jannying…

Also known as mumming or janneying, it usually involves a group of friends or family who dress in camouflage and visit houses within their community or neighbouring neighborhoods during the twelve days of Christmas. If the mummers are invited into a house, they frequently do a range of informal performances that may consist of dance, […]

Ash-Wednesday

by T S Eliot Because I do not hope to turn again Because I do not hope Because I do not hope to turn Desiring this man’s gift and that man’s scope I no longer strive to strive towards such things (Why should the aged eagle stretch its wings?) Why should I mourn The vanished […]