St. Szymon’s church — St. Szymon: an eager speaker and a pleasant preacher
THE SONG DEDICATED TO ST. SZYMON OF LIPNICA
1. Dear St. Szymon, a noble Bernardine
From Lipnica, famous for its many saints.
You are famous for your apostolic eagerness.
Teach us to pursue noble aims.
2. You gathered students around your person
Giving them knowledge and a role model.
The royal city of Cracow took pride in you.
Now lead us with the example of your virtues.
3. A plague got the better of you in your prime
And cut the thread of your life.
Protect us from sins, as the insult to God
Can close the doors of heaven for us.
/Words and music: Stanisław Ziemiański, priest/
Although efforts leading to the canonization of Szymon were undertaken in the 18th century, he was raised to the altars yet by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007. The miracle enlisted in the canonization documents consisted in the healing of a Cracow pharmacist, Maria Piątek, originally from Lipnica, who suffered from cerebral congestion, was paralysed and lost the ability to speak. St. Szymon, the worshipper of the Mother of God, is particularly venerated in Lipnica Murowana and Cracow. The attributes with which he is commonly depicted include the cross, a loaf of bread and the Holy Scripture. The day of his death is the memorial of the saint.
If the church is open, go inside. Before entering it, notice the relief of St. Szymon above the door and the stained-glass window depicting Holy Mary of Częstochowa.
Enter the church. St. Szymon’s church stands on the site of his former family house. It was built in 1636 thanks to the efforts of Stanisław Lubomirski, according to the order of King Władysław IV, who attributed his victory over the Turkish army in the battle of Chocim to the support of this saint. He ordered the erection of the church in the saint’s hometown as a votive offering. The temple was built in the baroque style, on a rectangular plan with two chapels. Take a look at the main altar made in 1860 in the rococo-neo-gothic style. It depicts St. Szymon in the company of his confreres. The church was rebuilt in the 1960s thanks to the generosity of Lipnica citizens living in America. The pipe organ inside comes from the 19th century.