This church and it's decoration is done by Father Stanislovas. He was a modest person, so he asked also to make a church without gold and some luxury materials, the main material in church interior is WOOD.
When Father Stanislovas was very ill, he asked to carry him to Church and to leave him alone. He spent there more than one hour, just sitting alone in front of altar. Nobody knows what he was thinking there or enjoying the result of his works, but he knew that he is the last time in his church.
Father Stanislovas asked other priest of Lithuania not to drop away their old liturgical clothes and he collected them in one building in Paberze Church complex. I can stay in this small house for hours, watching each of the clothes, each of them is a masterpiece made by hands and hearts of Lithuanian women.
Father Stanislovas lived in a very modest cell. His bed was wooden and really hard, but he believed that sleeping on hard bed is good for health. He was always very straight, even when walking with the help of stick. He knew 15 languages and translated Guethe from German to Lithuanian. Father Stanislovas was creative person and the table lamp constructed from old iron is evidence of that.
The January Uprising was an uprising in the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (present-day Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, Latvia, parts of Ukraine, western Russia) against the Russian Empire. It began January 22, 1863, and lasted until the last insurgents were captured in 1865. The museum is small, but has many interesting things to see and more interesting stories to hear. In Paberze Cemetery there are many graves of the uprisers.
By the way, Father Stanislovas tried to compose the cemetery view very similar to the painting of our famous painter Ciurlionis. The museum has three halls for excibitions, where artists can show their drawings and paintings. Last month my father held his excibition there as well.
many artist come to Paberze to stay for few nights and to create. beautifull nature, two small rivers Liaude and Nykis, place for cooking on fire and many many details to get you inspired. Father Stanislovas believed, that everything has soul if was done by human beeing, so he collected old keys, crosses, fences of old cemetries, pots, liturgical clothes that were not in use anymore, etc...
Paberze church looks very special as the tower stands separate and all is made of wood. Very dominant is the "eye" ornament on the outside wall of the church. This had not always been there as you can find out looking at old photos in the museum.
I was told that Tevas Stanislovas makes them himself. A lot of them can be seen at the graveyard a short way down the left coming from the church.
I was fascinated by the old rectory which houses all these collections. Part of the rectory was under renovation.
The whole building is packed with these garments. If you know why there are so many of them, please let me know by email.
But I don't know what it really is. This building with all the crosses on the outside houses a collection of garments worn in church service.
It shows the history of the church and some art. Unfortunately in Lithuanian only. Entry fee was 1 Lita.