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Lighting Church Candles

Church candles in Poland

Our children and their friend lighting votive candles in the Church Our Lady of Rokitno in the west of Poland.

This afternoon we paid a visit to the simply wonderful mid 18th century Church and Minor Basilica in the village of Rokitno, in the Przytoczna / Skwierzyna area of Lubuskie, Poland. During the visit we lit votive candles and said silent, individual prayers for either individuals or specific issues. These prayer candles continued to burn after we left the church. The burning flame symbolising the ongoing nature of the prayer. This is a commonplace activity in Catholic churches throughout Poland. In every church we have visited a small charge is made to cover the cost of the candles. In this case the recommended donation is one zloty.

Related content on Polish Poland:
- All Souls’ Day / All Saints’ Day.

A Church in Poland

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An early image of the parish church in Wollstein / Wolsztyn, c.1909.

Several images of a parish church in a small town in the west of Poland through time.

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Another photograph of ulica Koscielna and the church in Wollstein / Wolsztyn, c.1918.

The Parish Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception on Church Street in Wolsztyn (former: Wollstein) is of a late baroque design. I was built in the second half of the eighteenth century on the site of an earlier wooden church. The present church was renovated extensively ​​in 1925 and again in 1948. Further work was done on the spire in 1977 and it was again remodeled in 1987.

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A communist-era photograph of the same street and church in Wolsztyn, Poland, c.1978.

Wolsztyn is a small town with a population of around 13,500. It is part of the province of Wielkopolska, in the west of Poland. Until the recreation of Poland at the end of the First World War Wolsztyn was called Wollstein and located in the Prussian province of Posen.

Related content on Polish Poland:
- More old images of Wollstein / Wolsztyn.
- Images of the synagogue in Wolsztyn and its conversion in to a cinema after the war.
- Information on and photographs of the railway station and steam trains in Wolsztyn.