The Shining Church Night
Those who will visit stone churches or prayer rooms can choose from an enormously varied offer: concerts, guided tours, workshops or theatrical performances. A chance will be to take a look at church sacristies or monastic gardens, to play an organ, ascend towers or descend to ancient crypts, experience liturgy or perceive in a quiet cessation what inspired the builders of Cristian temples. Also the traditional Light pilgrimage over the Charles Bridge promises a great experience. People can participate in it with a burning candle in hand from the St. Thomas Church at Malá Strana to the St. Salvator Church in Křižovnické náměstí (square). Interested persons can pick a candle and carry it burning, individually or with others, to the other side of the river Vltava. There they can put it on a marked place in the church.
“We try to enrich the program also by something unusual. This year we used a unique offer by the River Basin Vltava and we invite visitors not just to churches but also to the Vltava river surface.” Michal Němeček reveals. “Exactly at this imaginary lowest point of Prague a huge pontoon called Francis will be anchored. We call this place The Anchored Church. During the evening at this very unusual place all visitors will be able to hear a debate with many interesting guests hosted by St. Vitus canon Tomáš Roule. Moreover the Prague panorama will be seen in a rarely known perspective from the pontoon," said Němeček.
The Church Night is intended for the widest public – including those standing outside the church or at its borders. In the atmosphere which Church Nights creates visitors have the opportunity to meet Christianity via dialogues, music, art or their own inner experience. The variety of the offer provides many possibilities how to describe Christianity, church and faith sensitively. The point is to address and offer, resolutely without imposing. And this way to arrange a positive experience related to church for the visitors. The action´s task also is to raise interest in social and cultural value of churches.
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(Transl.: Archdiocese of Prague)
Bishops’ plenary: Church should find her place in society
On 6–7 July 2018, the 114th plenary meeting of the Czech Bishops’ Conference – representatives of both Roman and Greek Catholic Churches as well as religious orders – took place in Velehrad, a South Moravian place of pilgrimage linked with the mission of Sts. Cyril and Methodius.
Pilgrims in Velehrad said “Yes” to God and Our Lady
More than 30 thousand people and through them the entire nation renewed today (5 July 2018) their consecration to God through Mary. The solemn mass in Velehrad, celebrated by some twenty bishops, marked the feast of Sts. Cyril and Methodius and recalled the centenary of Czechoslovakia as well.