Berchem, Saint Willibrord’s Church
The history of this church started in the 9th century. The present building dates partly from the early 16th century. The In a church with a cruciform floor plan, the part of the church that lies on the side of the nave opposite to the transept. The main altar is in the choir. and the transepts were built in late Gothic style. The The rear part of the church which is reserved for the congregation. The nave extends to the transept. and the aisles are neo-Renaissance and neo-Classicistic additions from the middle of the 19th century. The confessionals and the A series of seats, usually in wood, along the long sides of the choir. These seats are reserved for those who pray and sing the choir prayers. are 17th century woodcarving. There are also some tombs from the same period and altars by P. Scheemaekers (1692) and a nice Forceville organ (1725).
Holy The liturgical celebration in which the Eucharist is central. It consists of two main parts: the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. The main parts of the Liturgy of the Word are the prayers for mercy, the Bible readings, and the homily. The Liturgy of the Eucharist begins with the offertory, whereby bread and wine are placed on the altar. This is followed by the Eucharistic Prayer, during which the praise of God is sung, and the consecration takes place. Fixed elements are also the praying of the Our Father and a wish for peace, and so one can symbolically sit down at the table with Jesus during Communion. Mass ends with a mission (the Latin missa, from which ‘Mass’ has been derived): the instruction to go out into the world in the same spirit.
Sunday : 8h30 and 11h30
Every Sunday: 08h00 – 12h30
Every Thursday: 08h00 – 12h00
The feast commemorating the birth of Jesus. It is always celebrated on December 25th. holidays, every day: 13h00 – 17h00 cribs exhibition
subject to special celebrations
Heilig Hartstraat 11, 2600 Berchem
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