St Mary Magdaleneâ€™s Orthodox Church in Haapsalu
Dear Fellow Wayfarers,
An encounter with the sacred can reveal the eternal dimension of
everyday life, argues philosopher Mircea Eliade. The experience of the
sacred and sacredness is not readily available. It is difficult to explain.
However, it does exist. For instance, when we enter a sacred space it is
almost like we step into a different spacetime. The eternal towers over
time, and over the human - the Divine.
The spacetime of the Wayfarers' Churches can expand our world of
experiences that transcend time and space. This reference brochure is
your guide to many diverse churches all over Estonia. But the sacredness
remains the same, despite the differences between churches. The doors
of Christian churches open on hinges. All are welcome, be they locals or
foreigners, believers or unbelievers.
It is worth taking the time to stop at an unknown or even a familiar
church. We often see the exterior. Seeing what is inside requires deeper
observation. We can notice this by falling silent inside. This helps
us to comprehend our own depths. And when we raise our eyes we may
catch a glimpse of the hidden reality above and around us. That who
is. The sacred. The old churches are an embodiment of a prayer for the
sacred that transcends time. Is it a silent witness of our own ultimate
longing? Churches are carpeted with prayers, observes writer Fanny de Sivers.
Vice-President of the Estonian Council of Churches