Lutherans in Wroclaw
There exist a stereotype of religion in Poland that more than 90% of Poles are Catholics, another’s – belong a variety of other religious denominations (Lutherans, Baptists, Orthodox and Seventh-day Adventists etc.) and other religions (Judaism, Islam, Buddhism) or are non-believers. In my country are three dominated Christian denominations – Lutherans, Orthodox and Catholics. And when I arrived in Wroclaw, I tried to find out something about “real” situation here and I found several different Catholic churches and even one Lutheran Church! 🙂 I was a little surprised, because knowing that Wroclaw is located so close to Germany, I thought that here will be more than one Lutheran church. That’s why I got down for small study about Lutheran churches. And I have results! 🙂
Wroclaw is centre of The Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland on of Dioceses. In Wroclaw diocese are 7 churches, 15 parishes (one of parishes is for people who speaks in German language (more information here and here)) where serves 17 priests. Bishop of the diocese is Ryszard Bogusz. Lutherans are the largest Protestant body in Poland, the first Worship services and sermons were held in 1518 in Wroclaw area (in the city of Breslau) and since then Lutheranism was spread into the Polish lands. Nowadays as in all world church has several problems, but this time about positive! 🙂 One interesting fact – in 12 October 2008, Polish president Lech Kaczyński (himself of the Catholic faith) visited the Lutheran Protestant Jesus Church in Cieszyn, becoming the first Polish president who ever visited a Protestant place of worship. 🙂
But now about this one church I visited! It’s located in centre of the city, on Kazimierza Wielkiego street No. 29 (so on my way to Mediateka!). Its church of one Lutheran parish in Wroclaw – Parafia Ewangelicko-Augsburska (Luterańska) Opatrzności Bożej we Wrocławiu, so the church of Divine Providence (direct translation) – Kościół Opatrzności Bożej
I think it beautiful! So full of light and peace! 🙂 Of course Wikipedia has more information: The church was built in 1750 according to the plans of Arnold and Johann Friedrich Boumann, so it’s late Baroque church, its 30 m long and 17.5 meters wide, oriented in a north-south axis. Interesting that church is built on an oval plan with two floors, decorated in creamy white colour with gold. The church has a number of Rococo ornamentation too. In history is a fact that this church was a royal palace from 1750 to Breslau residence of King of Prussia, Frederick II the Great. But now it’s the seat of the bishop of the diocese of Wroclaw Lutheran Church, but it’s not the cathedral.
I recommend you to find time to visit it some day. It’s opened on Sundays for service (service starts at 10:00) and from July 29 in the church will be held organ concerts, so check the poster here!
For more information look:
Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland – here.