Angel with a Cross by Reformation Day
On October 31st the sculpture of the angel with a cross that crowns the roof of Petrikirche will be reopened after restoration. That was the conclusion of the delegation from the St. Petersburg Committee for Preservation and Use of Historic Sites (KGIOP) that carried out the inspection of the building area
The pastor of the St. Anna and St. Peter congregation, Michael Schwartzkopf, spoke about the importance of angels - “they are above us and within us. An angel is a wonderful symbol of Christian faith. Therefore for all Lutherans of Russia it was so important to restore this symbol. Congregational members throughout gathered money over two years time for the restoration. The 200000 rubles gathered were enough to do research on the sculpture.”
The chairman of the Committee, Sergei Marakov, noted that “despite all of those things that happened to the church in the Soviet era, important and authentic church items were preserved, such as, for example, the sculptures of Peter and Paul by the sculptor Torvaldsen.” During the process of restoration highest quality materials are being used and soon the figure with the angel and the cross and the rebuilt attic will be restored to pristine condition. 9 million rubles from the city budget were spent on the restoration.
Before the evening service on Reformation Day, October 31st, Petrikirche will receive a gift – a symbol of the rebirth of Lutheranism will be opened again.