After the Shutdown
|St. John's Lutheran Church|
St. John's dates back to 1297 when it was built as a chapel for the Dominican cloister nearby. The chapel was destroyed in a fire in the 1400s and then rebuilt as a much larger church.
|Pulpit and chancel area|
When the Lutheran Reformation came to Riga in the early 1500s, the church building changed from Catholic worship to Lutheran worship. The chancel area was added soon after, almost doubling the size of the worship space.
|Altar with crucifix|
|Scenes from Christ's passion|
The other item, making this church unique in Lutheran circles, is the presence of the stations of the cross. These pictures are painted under the balcony at the rear of the church. Christ's suffering, death, burial and resurrection are proclaimed to anyone who enters this space, either every Sunday or as a tourist in Riga.
I am very much looking forward to our English services at St. John's when the city gets back to normal.
Information taken from "Riga: Journey through the Centuries."