Roman Catholic Daughter Church “Christ the King” [“Christkönig” in German]
The Roman Catholic Daughter Church “Christ the King”, located in Steingasse, was built in 2001 based on a design from the architectural firm of Lorenz + Roscher from Annaberg-Buchholz and Aue. That same year another new work of art found its place in the newly constructed house of worship. A handcarved nativity in the traditional Erzgebirge style was donated to the local Catholic community. It dates from the end of the 19th century and has a total of 111 figures by the noted woodcarver Mr. Bayer, who is known locally as the “Hergerschneider”. He came from Loučna pod Klínovcem, the district of Elend a few kilometres from Bohemia.
Erich Roller, then 12 years old, protected the nativity in 1946 during the chaos surrounding the forced expulsion of Germans from the area. He brought it back to the Erzgebirge in 2001 and it was then possible to set it up again in the Church of Christ the King in Oberwiesenthal and make it accessible to a broader public for the first time since the end of the Second World War. Mr. Rudolf Hieke and Mr. Paul Günther refinished the stall and the other buildings and the picture of the surrounding landscape in their free time in order to restore the ensemble to its traditional framework. You can see this nativity in the church during Advent and Christmas.
The sculptors Michael and Christopher Winkelmann from Soest designed and executed the sacral and artistic design. In the bronze work some of the existing objects such as the ambo and the Easter candelabra were used and worked into the new design. In the new altar, tabernacle and ambo, the theme of mountain crystal plays a guiding role.
The body of the altar cross comes from an older cross with a very exciting history. This body was re-worked by the artists and supplied with a new cross; together with the bronze crown, it creates a whole new work of art.
On All Saints’ Day 2003, thanks to several generous donors, it was possible to have 2 bells for the church’s bell tower blessed and dedicated by the Bishop of the Diocese of Dresden-Meißen, Mr. Joachim Reinelt. Prior to this the tower had been empty. The larger of the two bells, weighing 280 kg, was dedicated to St. Boniface, the Apostle to the Germans. It bears the scripture from Matthew 28:19 “Therefore go into all the nations and make disciples of every people.” The smaller bell, weighing 140 kg, bears the name of St. Martin and the scripture from Matthew 25:40 “Truly I tell you: Whatever you have done for the least of these my brothers, you have done for me.”
Announcements about church services and information about parish life can be found in the church.