Introducing Wawel

 The Wawel Castle and the Royal Cathedral of Sts. Stanislaus and Vaclav in Krakow

Afternoon walk in catholic Poland

The Thing

The question to the Readers: What is that? What’s its name?

Polish God's Sepulchers - update

On THIS WEBSITE (click to enter) you will find a gallery of Sepulchers from different parts of Poland. One traditional other less, but it will give you better view on the Church in Poland.


Minimalism is not trendy

Look at the size of this paschal candle that was blessed during the Eastern Vigil in Szczecin by bishop Andrzej Dzięga.
More photos to be found here.


Guards by the Sepulcher

In some churches in Poland the Sepulcher is guarded by the Firefighters or Police over Good Friday night and Saturday. During the ‘Resurrection’ ceremony these guards fall on the floor, as did the guards by the Resurrection of Our Lord.

Ant. Prae timore autem ejus * exterriti sunt custodes, et facti sunt velut mortui, alleluia.
Ant. And for fear of him * the guards were struck with terror and became as dead men, alleluia.

Procession of Resurrection on Sunday morning

In Poland there is still a tradition to ”open God’s Sepulcher” on Eastern Sunday morning – the ceremony is called Resurrection. People gather in the parish church in the very morning – around  5 – 6 am. After the customary ceremonies by the Sepulcher, a procession of priests, altar boys and the people with the most Holy Sacrament circles the church one or three times while the church bells peal and the organ is played.

Resurrection – from the Roman Ritual for the Polish Dioceses

On Sunday morning, before the bells ring, priests with white copes and singers go to the Sepulcher and pray a while. Afterwards the following antiphon is sung:
Ant. – Gloria tibi Trinitas, aequalis, una Deitas: et ante omnia saecula et nunc, et in perpetuum.

Psalm 116; Psalm 3.

Ant. – Glória tibi Trinitas, aequalis, una Deitas: et ante omnia saecula et nunc, et in perpetuum

V. Kyrie eleison
R. Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison
Pater noster
V. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem.
R. Sed libera nos a malo.
V. In Resurrectione tua Christe. Alleluja
R. Caelum et terra laetantur. Alleluja.
V. Domine exaudi oratione meam.
R. Et clamor meus ad te veniat.
V. Dominus vobiscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.

Oremus. – Domine Jesu Christe, Rex gloriae humilis in Passione, potens in Resurrectione, mortis infernique Destructor, quod olim per Prophetas in scripturis promisisti, hodie devicta morte resurgendo implevisti: propter quod omnis caelestis militiae Spiritus, et totus terrarum orbis profuso mentis gaudio, exultando te resurgentem adorant et glorificant: tartareae quoque nimium formidant, ac tremunt potestates. Nos autem, tuae dignationis humiles servuli, gloriosae Resurrectionis tuae memoriam unanimi voto devotissime celebrantes, ecce frequentes adsumus, et exuberantis tuae in nos caritatis memores, pias non continemus lacrimas. Respice quaesumus, humilitatis nostrae obsequia: et praesta, ut detersis peccatorum nostrorum sordibus, in his Paschalibus solemniis tibi resurgere, ac sanctissimae Passionis ac Resurrectionis tuae, fructus capaces esse mereamur. Qui vivis et regnas Deus in saecula saeculorum.
R. Amen.

The Sepulcher is sprinkled with the holy water and incensed. Then the priest takes the cross with the red stole and the statue of Resurrected Lord and gives it to the assistants. He incenses the most Holy Sacrament, takes the monstrance and the procession follows:

Cum Rex gloriae Christus infernum debellaturus intraret: et chorus Angelicus ante faciem ejus portas principium tolli praeciperet. Sanctorum populus, qui tenebatur in morte captivus, voce lacrimabili clamaverunt: Advenisti desiderabilis, quem expectabamus in tenebris, ut educeres hac nocte vinculatos de claustris. Te nostra vocabant suspiria: Te larga requirebant lamenta: Tu factus es spes desperatis, magna consolatio in tormentis.

After the procession has returned to the church, the priests puts the monstrance on the main altar and incenses it. He kniles on the altar steps and takes the cross with the red stole and sings three times with the choir:
V. Surrexit Dominus de sepulcro.

R. Qui pro nobis pependit in ligno, Alleluja.

The priest puts the cross on the epistle side and goes in front of the altar and sings:
V. In resurrectione tua Christe, Alleluja,
R. Coelum et terra laetantur, Alleluja.

Oremus. – Deus, qui nos Resurrectionis Dominicae annua solemnitate laetificas: concede propitius, ut per temporalia festa, quae agimus, pervenire ad gaudia aeterna mereamur.
Per eumdem Dominum nostrum...
R. Amen.

Source of photos: www.jurgow.pl

Krakow in the Resurrection Sunday Sun

Baroque and Romanesque architecture – timeless

Eastern Catholic Sepulcher

The God’s Sepulcher in the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church of Saint Norbert in Krakow


God's Sepulcher

In Poland (and also in Germany) after the Good Friday liturgy the Most Holy Sacrament is carried in the monstrance to the “God’s Grave”.  He remains there till the end of the Holy Saturday liturgy. Over Friday night and Saturday people visits churches for adoration to spend some time with Our Lord laying in the grave. Monstrance is covered with the white veil to symbolize a shroud.

Swieconka - Eastern Basked

Food blessing on the Main Market in Krakow

Today in Krakow food was blessed on the Main Square by archbishop Stanislaw cardinal Dziwisz.

Polish tradition: food blessing on Holy Saturday

On Holy Saturday in all polish churches there is traditionally food blessing for the Eastern breakfast. Polish people visits a church with a basket full of food products (a piece of bread, salt, sausage, egg - usually painted etc).


Way of the Cross in Kalwaria Zebrzydowaska

 Basilica of St. Mary and monastery of the Franciscans (Ordo Fratrum Minorum)

 Ecce homo chapel - Herod's palace

Chapel of the third fall 

 Chapel of the Crucifixion

Chapel of the Holy Sepulchre

During the Holy Week hundreds of thousands of Catholics come each year to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska near Krakow to the Sanctuary of Our Lady led by the Franciscans.  They take part in the processions over the chapels of the Way of the Cross built in the surrounding area.

Catholic tradition: Holy Week confesion


Processional banners

Memento homo mori

During the Lent in the St. Francis of Assisi's church in Krakow there is a traditional devotion organized by the Franciscans and the Fraternity of God's Passion. This unusual fraternity was established over 400 years ago.

During this celebration the special Lenten Devotion is sang by the priests. The Fraternity responds in Latin - ‘Memento homo mori’ – Remember man about the death. Following is the Eucharistic procession with the Franciscans singing ‘Stabat Mater Dolorosa’ (in Latin). The service is finished with the traditional polish Lenten office - Gorzkie Zale – Lamentations.

The Paschal candle production a.D. 1947

“In Krakow candles’ factory before Eastern the Paschal candles are still made in the traditional way. The modern, automated production is despised. As for centuries the simple candle-wheel is used to produce the Paschal candles.”

Guys, the Paschal candle must be made of white wax, not of plastic!

Palm Sunday in Jerusalem a.D. 1947

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Holy Week tradition - lines to confessionals

A wanted good during the Holy Week in Poland – a confessional without waiting line.

Confessions in Krakow with at least 2-5 priest at a time:
Dominicans –  confessions daily from 8am to 8pm 1.5-3 hours waiting
Franciscans –  confessions daily from 6am to 7.30pm 1-2 hours waiting
Jesuits –  confessions daily from 6am to 7.30pm – 1-3 hours waiting
Carmelites –  confessions daily from 6am to 8pm – 1-2 hours waiting
Our Lady Parish –  confessions daily from 6am to 7pm – 1-1.5 hours waiting

The Church in pray

Sons of saint Dominic during Vespers in the Holy Trinity convent in Krakow. Of course done in Latin. 


Palms for Palm Sunday

The bigger the better ;-)