Q. What can you
tell me about this image
Mother of God of the
Blessed “Thunder Candle"?
image captures a Polish legend and is associated to Candlemas Day
celebrated on February 2.
The image on the left by Piotr
Stachiewicz (1858-1938) shows snow- covered homes in dim light. The
people inside their homes are afraid of the hungry wolves on rampage
outside the poor village.
The legend relates that Mary, the Mother of God of the “Blessed
Thunder Candle” (Matka Boska Gromniczna), watches over the
people on cold February nights. With her thunder candle she wards
off the ravenous pack and protects the peasants from all harm.
According to an old tradition, candles are blessed in Catholic
churches on February 2, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in
the Temple. Many people keep the blessed candles (Gromnica) in their
homes and light them during storms or other danger. In Poland, dying
persons are given the Gromnica to light their way to eternity.
The image on the right is painted by an