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SANCTUARY

OF DIVINE MERCY IN SWIEBODZIN

The history of the establishment of the Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Świebodzin goes back to 1987, when Bishop Józef Michalik during a canonical visitation to Father Sylwester Zawadzki - the pastor of the parish of Świebodzin Mary Queen of Poland - built a church in the emerging Łużyckie housing estate commissioned. In 1994 Bishop Adam Dyczkowski consecrated the cornerstone of the church, which was brought from St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, and after five years - after it was consecrated by Bishop Paweł Socha - established the Divine Mercy Congregation. His successor - Bishop Stefan Regmunt - consecrated the church in 2008 and at the same time made it a diocesan shrine / sanctuary of the Divine Mercy.

 

The body of the temple, designed by the Poznan architect Prof. Marian Fikus, refers to the thousand-year history of church architecture in Poland. The temple consists of a three-nave basilica with a transept. Inside there are rich polychrome elements, ornaments and gilding.

 

The image of the Merciful Jesus is in the main altar, surrounded by columns and arches. The marble altar is decorated with a bas-relief depicting the Last Supper, and the pulpit - Jesus the Good Shepherd.

 

In the temple there is an altar of St. Sister Faustina Kowalska. There are her relics and a painting by the painter Jadwiga Streb. It also preserves the relics of the Apostles of Divine Mercy - St. John Paul II and Blessed Father Michał Sopoćko - confessor of St. Sr. Faustina.

 

In the adoration chapel designed by Prof. Barbara Bielecka burns - consecrated by Pope John Paul II - the fire of mercy brought from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Kraków-Łagiewniki.

 

In the temple there is also a baptistery separated by columns, on the wall of which a scene of the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan can be seen.

 

The windows of the church are filled with stained glass windows, and the largest of them presents - in an impressive tone above the choir, which from the outside is the central element of the facade - Christ the King.

 

The top of the church's two-towered gable symbolizes the multicultural history of Świebodzin. The southern tower refers to the western - towering Gothic, while the northern - refers to the eastern oval shapes of the end pieces of the United, Greek Catholic and Orthodox churches.

HISTORY OF THE SANCTUARY