„Five centuries. The Sorbs and the reformation“

 march the 26th 2017 – august the 27nth 2017

This exhibition will be held within the context oft he sponsorship project „Faces of Reformation in Upper Lusatia, Bohemia and Silesia“ and shows the influence, that the reformational movement hat among the autochthone slavic people in Germany – the Sorbs (lusatian Wends.)

The developement of the written culture as well as many other cultural achievements, can be attributed to the reformational movement. A catalogue produced by the Domowina publishing completes the exhibition throughout the centuries, that will be shown in the Sorbian museum on the Ortenburg-castle and partly in the Church of St. Michael nearby.

The centre of this exhibtion ist Luther’s deman for God’s word in a mans native language and its meaning until present. As the representative of the sorbian reformation the priest Wenzel Warich from Göda will be portrayed, who fort he first time translated the catechism of Luther into the upper sorbian language. Lusatia is known for ist various religious movements, in which the Sorbs had a special role. The Moravian church for example sent out its members on missionary actions worlwide.

 „Five centuries. The Sorbs and the reformation“



 Wendish-german songbook with carols from the Spremberg region, 17nth century.

© Serbski muzej

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Wendische Kirchen zwischen Löbau und Lieberose
7.5.2017 – 27.8.2017 ·
Michałska cyrkej, Budyšin / Michaeliskirche, Bautzen

Sorbian/Wendish churches from Löbau to Lieberose
May the 7nth 2017 – August the 27nth 2017
St. Michaels Church, Bautzen

In the month of May in addition to our current special exhibition about 500 years of reformational effictiveness upon the sorbian/wendish population, a further exhibition about wendish churches (or sites of former churches) gets opened at St. Michael in Bautzen. The latter is itself a central place fort he lutheranian sorbian history.

As a part oft he exhibition „500 years. The Sorbs and the reformation“ this exhibition focuses on the sorbian church buildings and their historical background. The majority of the presented churches is situated in Lower Lusatia and Lower Eastern Lusatia. Depending on the location of a respective church the informational texts are given in lower lusatian sorbian or in upper lusatian sorbian accompanying the respective german info-text.

Author of the exhibited current photographs of the buildings is Jürgen Matschie from Bautzen. Regarding this exhibition, gives you an idea about how widespreat the expansion of the sorbian/wendish culture once used to be. Naturally sorbian/wendish churches functioned as the centre of sorbian life in a settlement.

The exhibition consists of 14 roll-ups and will be shown from May the 7nth 2017 until August the 27nth inside St. Michaels Church in Bautzen. Afterwards it is meant to travel.

The opening will take place on Sunday, May the 7nth at 11.00 o’clock right after the sorbian church service.

The exhibition is in principle accessible from May the 8gth 2017 until August the 27nth 2017 on monday till friday from 10.00 o‘clock a.m. till 5 o‘clock p.m. without access fee.