Ready for today's lesson, kids?
On Sunday we visited the Black Madonna of Czestochowa.
This is pronounced like this: Chess Ta Ho Va.
NOT: "Check Ta Cow Wa" with lots of Southern-extra syllables.
Or your friend who speaks fluent Polish will laugh in your face.
The "W's" in Polish are pronounced like a "V."
Mrs. Carroll and I were unclear why they couldn't just put a "V" then instead of a "W."
Among other things in their language.
Okay, the Black Madonna of Czestochowa is also called the Queen and Protector of Poland, because she miraculously saved the monastery of Jasna Gora from a 17th century Swedish invasion.
She is venerated by the Polish and thousands of Catholics make a pilgrimmage each year to come worship her. On Sunday we were lucky enough to visit during a Catholic mass, and even though I'm not Catholic, it was still really cool to witness their reverance towards her.