Exhibition of Ecclesiastical Art
Our way from the cradle to the coffin are evoked by ecclesiastical objects and films that illustrate their role and usage in the reformed ceremonies.
The everyday life of European societies rooted in Christian traditions have been determined by the reoccurring celebrations of the ecclesiastical year. Among others, this makes the revolution of the “wheel of time” perceptible for us, helping us to follow the constant progress of the time.
Two of the ceremonies of the ecclesiastical year are considered sacraments or “sákramentum” by the Hungarian Reformed Church. These are the Lord’s Supper and the Baptism. Baptism means admission to a community, entering into a holy covenant. The ceremony of the Lord’s Supper is a reinforcement of this covenant and community, the timing of which is aligned with the other significant religious events of the calendar year (e.g. Christmas, Easter, Ascension Thursday, Pentecost), or with important agricultural events (e.g. harvest, vintage).
In the hall where burial objects are displayed, the visitor may ponder over biblical positions regarding the meaning of life, the reward of life, and about eternal life. Nearby the reformed wooden grave-markers, there is a brief quote from Karl Jaspers: “Everything fades away. In the beginning, I did not exist, and I will not exist in the end. Between beginning and end, I am searching for the meaning of these two… I would like to find answers, which provide me with a firm standing…I am searching for the existence which is not merely fading away.”