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St Peter’s Lutheran Church in Tarvastu
Dear Fellow Wayfarers,

Some churches are so large that they cannot be explored by taking only one look.

As we enter churches, we are often welcomed by photographs, taken by congregation members, depicting youth activities and events. At times we can see gravestones of departed souls in churchyards. These are memorials to people who sometimes are no longer remembered by anyone but the gravestones speak to us about those who lived two, three or eight centuries ago, leading similar lives and sharing similar joys and sorrows as I and you, my fellow wayfarer. As you enter a church, you are actually stepping into the souls of those people who have in the past or are today inhabiting this sanctum.

In this year, churches remind us of the beginning of Christianity in Estonia and dedication of our country to the Mother of God 800 years ago. How beautiful it is to call our country St. Mary’s Land and feel that this land is not simply soil and lakes and sea, but also one heart and soul as the first Christian congregation!

However, in this heart, there is also room for all the suffering of the world. As you enter, dear fellow wayfarer, try to think also of all the people who are currently suffering somewhere in the world or are losing their life because of their faith.


Philippe Jourdan
Vice-President of the Estonian Council of Churches