My friend Stanley who lives in Poland sent me these pictures of Lipusz Parish, actually they were postcards that I had scanned. I thought I would share since some of my family came from this Parish and I believe this is a typical Kashubian Church. It is called St. Michael the Archangel
As for Mary, a little Polish in the sense "not too much" is quite true as long as we talk about the famous painting in Częstochowa Monastery. Polish Mary on it is darker:
Yes, the Black Madonna of Czestochowa. I am pretty familiar with that and the legend. I don't believe the 'model' for the painting was Polish though as is probably the case in the statue in Lipusz which was probably made local... Here is more on the Black Madonna: One of the oldest documents from Jasna Góra states that the picture travelled from Jerusalem, via Constantinople, to finally reach Czêstochowa in August 1382 . The Black Madonna is credited with miraculously saving the monastery of Jasna Góra (English: Bright Mount) from a Swedish 17th century invasion, The Deluge, which actually changed the course of the war. This event led King Jan Kazimierz to "crown" Our Lady of Czêstochowa ("the Black Madonna") as Queen and Protector of Poland in the cathedral of Lwów on April 1, 1656. This legend was however created much later than the actual events, as in reality the icon had been taken away well in advance so as to prevent it from falling into the hands of the advancing Swedish army.
Another legend concerning the Black Madonna of Czêstochowa is that the presence of the holy painting saved its church from being destroyed in a fire, but not before the flames darkened the fleshtone pigments. The legend concerning the two scars on the Black Madonnna's right cheek is that a Hussite robber drew his sword upon the image and inflicted two deep strikes. When the robber tried to inflict a third strike, he fell to the ground and squirmed in agony until his death. Despite past attempts to repair these scars, they had always reappeared. Another legend translates that as the robber struck the painting twice, the face of the virgin Mary started to bleed, in a panic the scared Hussites retreated and left the painting.
Because of the Black Madonna, Częstochowa is regarded as the most popular shrine in Poland, with a pilgrimage made there every year by many Polish Catholics. Often, people will line up on the side of the road to hand provisions to the pilgrims as those who walk the distance to Częstochowa walk the entire day and have little means to get things for themselves.