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Eglise Saint-Martin

Religion ,  Church at Lusigny-sur-Barse

  • Thanks to the generosity of the inhabitants of this village and to the energy of its parish-priest dean from 1860 to 1880, Abbé Laurent, I have been brought up to date. The government (that of Napoleon III) was then more and more favourable to the Church, by calculation; the clergy was submissive and numerous; the priests, well educated, remained for a long time in the same parish; all these reasons led to a revival of faith in the countryside. All these reasons explain why a small village like Lusigny was able to rebuild part of the church and completely rethink myself.

    Admire the beautiful 14th-century Virgin Mary, skillfully restored and enhanced, the shrines from Larrivour Abbey, especially the one containing the remains of Jeanne la Recluse (who died in 1246), the framed images of the catechism, gathered at the entrance. But what gives me unity are the magnificent stained glass windows from the Champignolle workshops in Bar-le-Duc and Vincent Feste in Troyes. It is the whole faith of Champagne reviewed in the century of great transformations: Saint Loup, Saint Savinien, Saint Germaine and Saint Mathie for the local saints, Saint Gervais and Prothais, Saint Vincent de Paul, the apostle of charity, Saint Francis Xavier, the apostle of evangelisation, Saint Augustine and Saint Monique his mother, living images of faith... and still the sacraments: the Eucharist... the pious practices: the Rosary... After 150 years, this well-preserved ensemble is precious, a rare witness, by its very unity, to a moment in the history of the faith.

    *Description of the church of Saint-Martin from the website of the Intercommunal Tourist Office of the Great Lakes of Champagne