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Sered

Church of St. John Baptist
1992

frescoes and ornaments,
marble imitations, gilding

The time is fulfilled, repent ye!

The call of a man – a predecessor of the Lord, who lived in a desert, baptizing and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for forgiveness of sins. John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his loins. He ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached: “There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.”

The parish church in Sereď has a single nave. The sanctuary is set apart by a triumphal arch. The vault of the church’s nave is divided by double strips into three fields containing figural compositions. In every composition two separate lines of action are brought together.

Zechariah

The sacrifice of Zechariah

The first field toward the sanctuary depicts an angel flying down from the opening of the church’s nave toward the Old Testament sanctuary, and announcing Zechariah that he is about to have a son – John.

Music of the heavenly spheres

A view from the sanctuary shows St. Cecilia, the patroness saint of musicians, above the choir.

Visit of the Virgin Mary

Visit of the Virgin Mary

The second image shows the first Eucharistic procession as the Virgin Mary, pregnant with the Lord Jesus, visits her aunt Elisabeth who is also blessed with a child. Elisabeth says: “Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.” (Luke 1:42)

Magnificat

In a view from the sanctuary a part of the Magnificat is shown: “My soul doth magnify the Lord… for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed…” (Luke 1:46.48)

John before Herod

John before Herod

The third picture portrays John the Baptist cutting the sinful bond between Herod and Herodias. He is depicted in the form of a cross that is a sign of love through the crucified Savior.

Decapitation of John the Baptist

From the presbytery one can see a reward for pointing out the sin of Herod – the decapitation of John the Baptist. A soldier puts it on a bowl held by Salome, a beautiful daughter of the impatiently waiting mother Herodias.

Baptism of the Lord Jesus

Baptism of the Lord Jesus

The last picture shows: “Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:21-22)

The Last Supper

Over the altar table there is depicted what occurs at every holy mass – the mystery of the Eucharist.

The Last Supper

Only a courageous and magnanimous man, a pure and profound idealist could have gotten down to such “foolishness”.
It came to pass, and the work turned out well with the help of God.

Peter Kucera, commissioner – administrator of the parish Sered during the commission