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Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of Virgin Mary, Siedlce

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of Virgin Mary, Siedlce

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral


The Convent of Benedictine Nuns

The Convent of Benedictine Nuns


Locals churches are renown for serving the church mission through architecture. The church architects did a good job by building sacred places, where the community of faith gathers to listen to the word of God and to celebrate the sacraments. We could not help admiring the beautiful stained-glass windows and the exquisite interiors of each church we visited. All in all, there are twelve churches and one convent in Siedlce:

  • Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary;
  • St.Joseph’s Church;
  • The Church of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus;
  • St.Maximilian Kolbe Church;
  • Lord’s Mercy Church;
  • The Martyrs of Podlasie Church;
  • Body of Christ Church;
  • St.Stanislav’s Church;
  • Holy Spirit Church;
  • John Paul II Church;
  • Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus;
  • Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church.
  • The Convent of Benedictine Nuns of Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, one of the three such convents in Poland, the youngest one among them, founded in 1959. I found out later that the order of the Benedictine Nuns of Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (O.S.B. for short) was a female enclosed Catholic order founded in Paris, France, in 1653. It is active in nine countries of the world, among them Mexico, Uganda and Haiti.

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The Garrison Church of the Sacred Heart was designed by architect Jakimowski and erected as the Orthodox Church in the years 1868-1869. Originally, the temple had features of Byzantine architecture with characteristic five domes. In years 1928-1933, the building was rebuilt according to the design of Michał Sławiński, As a result, the church building received a modernist form, expressing itself through cubist and dry treatment of individual Items.

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The Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
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This church, like many other churches in the area, contains a replica of the icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa, often called The Black Madonna of Częstochowa (the first picture on the left). The central picture represents the bas-relief over the entrance to the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Siedlce.

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The ribbon under the Polish eagle and a shield with a knights’ banner contains the well-known liturgy phrase “Mane nobiscum domine” that is translated into English as “Stay with us, O Lord, for the utmost glory of God”, or “Stay with us, Lord, for it is nearly evening, and the day is almost over”. The phrase is from Luke 24:29.

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The Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Siedlce.
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The Church of St.Teresa of the Child Jesus

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We paid a visit to the Church of St.Teresa of the Child Jesus located in the southern districts of the city.
We got interested in the life story of St. Thérèse of Lisieux and read the infrmation posters inside the church lobby.
St. Thérèse of Lisieux is also known as St.Teresa of the Child Jesus or the Little Flower.
Her original name was Marie-Françoise-Thérèse Martin (January 2, 1873 - September 30, 1897).
On May 25, 1927 she was canonized by Pope Pius XI.
We liked her quote,
"Jesus does not need books or doctors to instruct souls; He, the doctor of doctors, teaches without a noise of words... I have never heard his voice, but I feel, that he is in me at any time, that he leads me and gives me inspiration in what I should say or do. I discover the lights unknown to me at the moment when I need them, but most often I get the biggest lights not in prayer, but during my daily life."

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The old building of St.Maximilian Kolbe Church used for liturgies today / A new church building is being constructed next to the old one.
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St.Maximilian Kolbe Church
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The Convent of Benedictine Nuns of Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament/The Benedictine Medal at the door to the Convent of Benedictine Nuns of Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Siedlce

There are two impressive Benedictine Medals on the massive church door of the convent. The middle word above the cross is “pax” meaning “peace”. You can see vertical and horizotal letters in the cross. The vertical letters CSSML stand for the Latin phrase: "Crux Sacra Sit Mihi Lux", which means "May the Holy Cross be my light!", and the horizontal letters NDSMD stand for the Latin phrase: "Non Draco Sit Mihi Dux" which means May the dragon never be my guide."
The letters on the circle mean as follows: left side letters, clockwise: SMQLIVB stand for the Latin phrase “Sunt mala quae libas ipse venena bibas!”, which means “What you offer me is evil. Drink the poison yourself!” The right side letters, clockwise: VRSNSMV stand for the Latin phrase “Vade retro, satana! Nunquam mihi vana!”, which means “Begone, Satan! Never tempt me with your vanities!”
The four big letters in four quadrants: CSPB stand for the Latin words “Cruce Sancti Patris Benedicti”, which means “The Cross of Holy Father Benedict.”

Praying at the Convent of Benedictine Nuns, Siedlce

Praying at the Convent of Benedictine Nuns, Siedlce


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The image of St.Stanislaus in the church that bears his name/The image of crucifixion in St.Stanislus Church, Siedlce.

There is a Late Baroque building of the rectory from the second half of the 18th century beside of St. Stanislaus Church. It was built in the years 1768-1774 according to the design of Jan Zygmunt Deybl. The two-storey rectory was built on a rectangular plan.

The rectory of St. Stanislaus Church, Siedlce

The rectory of St. Stanislaus Church, Siedlce

The building was erected at the request of Aleksandra Ogińska. During the period of the Duchy of Warsaw, the rectory was designated for a certain period of time as the seat of the Court. Later, the post office had its headquarters here. Today, it is the building of the rectory of St. Stanislaus Church.

A small chapel in the backyard of the former Ogińskis palace

A small chapel in the backyard of the former Ogińskis palace

There is a small chapel in the backyard of the former Oginskis palace. You cannot access it, and I took these pictures from behind the fence of the neighboring parking lot.

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Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral
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This cathedral contains a replica of the icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa, often called The Black Madonna of Częstochowa.
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Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral
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Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral
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The inspiring interior of the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral
The interior of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary, Siedlce

The interior of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary, Siedlce


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The bas-reliefs inside the Church of the Immaculate Conception of Virgin Mary
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An angel's statue inside the cathedral
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Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral
The upper stained glass windows of the Cathedral  of the Immaculate Conception of Virgin Mary, Siedlce

The upper stained glass windows of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of Virgin Mary, Siedlce


Admiring the stained glass windows of the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Siedlce

Admiring the stained glass windows of the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Siedlce

One evening, an orchestra performed after the Remembrance Liturgy at the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral.
The image of Blessed Pauline Jaricot in front of the cathedral altar, Siedlce

The image of Blessed Pauline Jaricot in front of the cathedral altar, Siedlce

One day in January, we attended a liturgy dedicated to Blessed Pauline Jaricot. You can see a portrait of Blessed Pauline Jaricot in front of the cathedral altar. She founded the Society for the Propagation of the Faith in Lyon, France, in 1822. She also founded the Association of the Living Rosary in 1826. Her beatification coincided with the 200th anniversary of the society founded by her in Lyon. On May 22, 2022, a solemn Eucharist was held at Eurexpo in Lyon, during which Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, on behalf of Pope Francis, beatified Paulina Yarico, enrolling her among the blessed.

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St.Stanislas Church / The crucifix at St.Stanislav Church, Siedlce

We were very impressed at the crucifix we saw at the entrance to St.Stanislav Church. The Christ figure on the crucifix is depicted in a very peculiar way, which makes us want to return there.

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St.Stanislaus Church, Siedlce
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Lord's Mercy Church / Christ's Body Church
St.Joseph's Church, Siedlice

St.Joseph's Church, Siedlice


Praying at St.Joseph's Church, Siedlce

Praying at St.Joseph's Church, Siedlce


Holy Spirit Church, Siedlce

Holy Spirit Church, Siedlce


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Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church in Siedlce.
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Posted by Vic_IV 16:58 Archived in Poland Tagged masovia mazovia siedlce oginski

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I love visiting churches and there is a great variety here. I especially love the stained glass windows which are often so beautiful. All the best to you Victor.

by irenevt

Thanks, Irene! We enjoy visiting various churches in the city and its environs, epecially the Church of the Immaculate Conception of Virgin Mary.

by Vic_IV

thanks for sharing Victor!

by Ils1976

Ils, you are welcome! Greetings from the Hospitable Poland!

by Vic_IV

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