Churches in Kleszczyna and Batorowo were erected by the Evangelicals who lived in great numbers in the area of the former Prussia. Both churches were later transformed and given to the Catholics. In Protestantism the proclamation of the word of God is extremely important. It is reflected in the design of the churches’ interior. In the central place there is a platform – the pulpit which resulted in the construction of altar-pulpit. Many benches and galleries where the faithful sat surrounded it.
Galleries (balconies) were a “second floor” of the church. Thanks to them more faithful could gather for the service. Nowadays only the supporting posts are left which gives an original character to the interior of the church.
We don’t have any information whether the galleries were decorated but refined ends of the posts allow us to suspect that there were elaborate carvings once. Craftsmanship and talent of the woodcarvers are visible here.
Surley not once did a solemn protestant song, which told about the trust and faith in God and which was written in 1529 by Martin Luther, sound from the galleries:A mighty fortress is our God,
A bulwark never failing:
Our helper He, amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing.
In the central place of the church there used to be a pulpit placed on the main altar and covered with a canopy. Now the pulpit and the altar are seperated but they are still situated next to each other. It is clear that they used to be one piece. A reverend would climb to the pulpit up the stairs at the back of the altar. Now there is a painting of Christ the Good Shepherd in the altar’s centre.
The altar in the Rococo style stands out by its subtle elegance. It was made in ivory colour with golden decorations.
Parish: 21 Kościuszki Street, 77-420 Lipka tel.: 67 266 52 28
Sundays: 9.30 am
holy days of dispensation:
3.00 pm – winter, 4.00 pm – summer
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