The Chapel of St Roch in the village Grandichi

Grandichi

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The history of the village Grandichi is closely connected with the Grodno region that was greatly influenced by being part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Russian Empire. The greatest number of architectural monuments that have survived up to now is a result of the Polish period in history of Grodno and its district.

One of the most interesting monuments of architecture and at once the functioning Catholic parish is the Chapel of St Roch.

On the site of the chapel in 1840 there was a wooden temple. Later the province architect of Grodno Vladimir Soroka confirmed the project of construction of a new stone temple. The idea was fulfilled in 1906. The chapel’s activity is overseen by the Church of Grodno. In 1980-s the chapel was reconstructed. During these works there was changed overlapping of the prayer hall fr om the pointed fastening to wooden cylindrical.

The building of the chapel is designed in the style of Neo-Gothic. The chapel is made of yellow brick and covered with a green gable roof. The building has two entries with stairs leading to them. The segmental window openings made the chapel look strict. The inner decoration of the chapel creates a cozy calm atmosphere predisposing to concentrated praying. The worship in the chapel in the village Grandichi is held in the Polish language.

There is a little information about the personality of St Roch. Some findings are controversial that make many scientists believe that the personality of St Roch is a generalized character of several saints. Nevertheless, it is said that he was born on the South of France in the late XIII century in a well-to-do family. Since his birth the boy had a mark on his breast in the form of a red cross. At the age of 20 Roch became an orphan; he scattered all his property among the poor and went to travel around Italy. He found this country during the plague and he is said to heal people in different corners of Italy. The recovery came through nursing care for sick people and permanent praying. However, a short time later St Roch himself acquired infection. He had to leave the town Piacenza where he lived last time. The saint found an abandoned hut and he prepared to meet death. The legend says that not far from this place there lived a rich man known as Gothard. His dog brought a piece of bread to Rock in order he would not die of hunger. Two months later Roch recovered, and Gothard began to assist the saint in all his affairs. Soon he decided to come back to his native land wh ere he was taken for a spy. Due to his great modesty Roch did not reveal his name. His uncle did not recognize him and ordered to imprison him. St Roch was in prison during five years and then died in August 1327 unable to withstand prison sufferings.

The personality of St Roch is honored greatly in the Catholicism. He became the patron of the sick and miserable. The greatest cult of his personality was  during the period of plague and cholera.     

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