Jeff Smith noon, March 8
St. Jadwiga the Queen of Wawel (1373-1399) in the Corpus Christi Church and Former Calced Carmelites’ Monastery (Shooting Street). On the chancel walls there are two portraits of the church founders: Ladyslaus Jagiello and his wife, Hedwig (Jadwiga / Adviga / Hedviga / Jadvyga / Hedvigis). They were painted in 1665 and represent the royal couple in the 17th century costumes. The twelve-year-old monarch Jadwiga of Poland and 26-year-old Jogaila (earlier baptized as Wladyslaw) had a church wedding in 1385 in Cracow. The young Queen was actively engaged in political, diplomatic, cultural, and charitable life. In 1390 she herself entered into negotiations with the Teutonic Knights at a diplomatic level. Numerous miraculous legends are known to justify her sainthood (beatified in 1986, canonized in 1997).
Posted November 26, 2012