Gdansk – Podmłyńska Street and its surroundings

Podmłyńska Street and its surroundings

St.. Bridget

Church, and from 1992 r. in recognition of merit – basilica, called by the inhabitants of Gdańsk the Holy Bridget, belongs to the most famous Catholic churches in Poland due to its role, played in the history of the social movement Solidarity. However, it is not easy to find him. Not knowing Gdańsk, it's best to follow the characteristic, the tower of the church of St.. Catherine, which is adjacent to St.. Brigid. However, you have to walk around the church of St.. Catherine, to reach the street (it is actually an alley) Professorska.
St.. Brygidy is most impressive from the south, from where you can admire the reconstructed gothic walls and the bright baroque tower from the spacious square.

From foundation to renovation

In the place of today's ul. Nuns from 1300 r. there was a small chapel of the order of penitents dedicated to St.. Mary Magdalene, in which the body of Saint Bridget was exposed to the public, then transported from Rome via Gdańsk to the Swedish city of Vadstena. News of the blessings, which the faithful who watched at the relics gained, contributed to the increase in the popularity of the saint. Establishing contacts with the faithful of Gdańsk with the Brigid Sisters' monastery in Sweden led to the construction of a church in the place of the present church (1396-1397) and to the female assumption, and then the male order according to the rule of St.. Bridget. During the last war, the valuable baroque interior was completely destroyed. The ruined church was only left in 1970 r. devoted to church authorities, which started the renovation which lasted over a dozen years.

Temple and prelate

The fate of the Church of St.. Bridget, located in the vicinity of the Gdańsk shipyard and being the church of the shipyard workers, intertwined with the history of the transformation of the years 80., with the fate of great and rank-and-file Solidarity activists, among them the priest prelate Henryk Jankowski – parish priest from 1970 r. Father Jankowski is certainly an outstanding figure, often extreme, but always hot emotions of Gdańsk inhabitants. In years 80. he deserved to be a spokesman and defender of oppositionists and politically persecuted shipyard workers. St.. Brygidy was the place of important secret meetings, shelter, including for Lech Wałęsa, the cradle of significant social initiatives. Today, Father Jankowski enriches his image with the image of a great businessman, politician and anti-Semite, for which he was forbidden to preach for some time.

Scandinavian patron

Saint Bridget was born in 1303 r. in the Swedish province of Uppland. Her father was one of the wealthiest people in Sweden, lagman prowincji Uppland – Birger Persson - founder of numerous churches and monasteries. Bridget's mother – Ingeborg Bengtsdotter came from the lineage of kings Swerker and Knut.
At the age of 16 years Brigida married Mr. Ulf Gudmarsson (the later lagman). As a married woman, she became famous for her many works of mercy: she fed the poor, visited the sick, she was praying, she was fasting. On her initiative, fragments of the Holy Scriptures and Lives of the Saints were translated into Swedish. She had 8 kids (4 sons and 4 daughters). She was the steward at the king's court. After her husband's death, she settled in the Cistercian monastery in Alvastra (in the oldest monastery in Sweden): she changed her outfit, she was sleeping on a rug, she was doing penitential exercises. Every Friday she doused her arm with melted wax from a burning candle and wore the bitter herb of gentian in her mouth.. At some point, visions begin to appear in her life (systematically) with Jesus, Mary and the saints, who talk about the Church and the state. Bridget describes her revelations in Swedish, and then translates them into Latin. These revelations are teeming with moral teachings, cautions, threats and announcements. Among other things, there is an announcement of the fall of the Teutonic Order. While still in Alyastra, Brigitte receives an order (top-down) the formation of an order. Works miracles during his lifetime. He travels a lot: to Rome, to Cyprus. During one of his trips to Rome, he dies. Her corpse “are traveling” from 2 XII 1373 r. through Carinthia, Styria, Moravia. Poland, Gdańsk to Sweden (get there 28 V 1374 r.), also working miracles along the way.

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