What connects the union of Lublin and the union of Brest? Why did the Greek Catholics fight with the Orthodox for the church on Ruska Street? What was the reason why the idea of introducing neounion was not successful in the interwar period? Why did the education of future Greek Catholic priests begin in the times of the Polish People’s Republic in Lublin? When was the Greek Catholic parish revived in Lublin and who are today’s Lublin Greek Catholics?
During the walk, we will listen to many quotes from history (including never-published stories), belles-lettres, and even one piece of a theater play. Despite the fact that the walk was preceded by solid scientific research (the author used over 200 sources), it would not be boring – the history of the Lublin Uniates was very, very interesting.
Scenario of the walk:
- The Castle Hill: the union of Lublin as an announcement of the union of Brest. King Sigismund II Augustus and the idea of uniting churches.
- The Orthodox Church of the Transfiguration: a hundred-year fight of Uniates and Dizunites for churches. Romanization in the Uniate Church. Basilian monastery and its dissolution after the January Uprising. The liquidation of the union by the Russian invader.
- The Castle Hill: Jesuit missions among the Uniates of Podlasie and Chełm regions and Lublin as their base of operations.
- St. Wojciech church / Retreat House: persecution of Greek Catholics by the authorities of the USSR and PRL. The Lay People Congress (1990).
- Crown Tribunal: promoter of the union Bishop Hipacy Pociej, his opponent Prince Konstanty Ostrogski and their connections with Lublin. Meeting of Pociej and Ostrogski in 1595.
- Lublin cathedral: the Jesuits and the union of Brest. Bernard Maciejowski, Teofil Rutka. Fr. Jerzy Hilary Kotkowski who was beaten by Jesuit students. An unsuccessful dispute in 1680.
- Metropolitan Theological Seminary in Lublin: educating Greek Catholic candidates for the priesthood (from 1965 to today). Jarosław Madzelan is the first Greek Catholic graduate of the Seminary. The iconostasis of Jerzy Nowosielski.
- Church of St. Paul: Greek Catholic services in the 1960s-1980s.
- Osterwa Theater: “Polish Bethlehem” by Łucjan Rydel; the premiere of the play in Lublin.
- St. Jozafat church: neounion in Lublin. Edward von Ropp’s Mission Institute. Revival of the parish in 1993.