Piece of Plane Becomes Holy Relic

Holy Piece of Tupolev Tu-154

Holy Piece of Tupolev Tu-154

If anyone had previously believed Poland was a secular state there is no doubt now that the opposite is true following the tragic Smolensk air crash. In some ways it was comforting to see the very public outpouring of grief after the disaster but what was striking were the religious overtones that accompanied the grief. Mourners spoke of the “need” to join in grief and the “duty” of every “real Polish, Catholic patriot” to say goodbye to the President. What was even more striking were the mourners who queued for up to eighteen hours to kneel and make the sign of the cross before the coffins of President Lech Kaczyński and Maria Kaczyński. To outsiders looking in, it would appear that tens of thousands of Polish people were saying farewell to a holy man, a saint perhaps.

The Virgin Mary's New Clothes

The Virgin Mary's New Clothes

Now it seems that a piece of the Tupolev Tu-154 has taken on Holy Relic status. Inhabitants of Smolensk found a small piece of the plane and gifted it to Poland. Father Roman Majewski of the Jasna Góra Monastery, Poland’s most famous holy sanctuary, has said that this relic will become “a testament to the tragedy and a symbol of our love for our nation”. The tiny piece of the Tupolev Tu-154 will adorn the new ‘robes and crown’ of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa, Poland’s holiest relic. As well as the piece of the Tupolev, the Virgin Mary’s new robes, designed by Mariusz Drapikowski, will also contain fragments of meteorites found on the Moon, Mars and Mercury.


6 Responses to Piece of Plane Becomes Holy Relic

  1. Jim says:

    One group of people will accept this at its face value, and will duly assign the metal the reverence which they would pay to the relics of past saints.

    Another group will ignore this information completely, not even paying it the respect of a moment’s contempt.

    And the size and proportion of those two groups, if anyone can ever measure them, will tell us all we need to know about Poland in 2010.

  2. island1 says:

    Reminds me of this: “the statue dedicated to Our Lady the Armoured – get this, the half metre sculpture is made from ten kilograms of shrapnel removed from Polish soldiers wounded at the Battle of Monte Cassino.”

    I have no idea if this is true


  3. Raf Uzar says:

    That’s disgusting!

  4. rlisu says:

    I am as shocked as you Raf, and as appalled. But I did a quick search through Polish sources and several state the same thing. The statue indeed was made from bullets and shrapnel that was removed from the wounded at Cassino. Though it seems strange that someone would actually collect such stuff for any purpose. I am guessing that its supposed to be more meaningful, but I just don’t get it.

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