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.
Three old pre-war photographs of Rokitten in the former German province of Posen / East Brandenburg. Since, 1945, the vilage has been called Rokitno and is part of the province of Lubuskie, Poland.
Rokitno (Rokitten) is a village in the Skwierzyna (Schwerin) / Miedzyrzecz (Meseritz) area of the province of Lubuskie, Poland. It is the location of a truly splendid Baroque church (minor basilica) dedicated to ‘Our Lady of Rokitno’ dating back to the mid 18th century; and probably the most important sanctuary and shrine (Sanktuarium) in western Poland. A painting of the Virgin Mary dating back to the 16th century can be seen in the main altar of the church. Just outside of the village is a unique pilgrims trail linking a series of twenty eight outdoor shrines.
Related content on Polish Poland: Pictures of Rokitno today.