Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Village Church of Serrig at Kirten

The 12th century tower of the Catholic Church in Kirten

The book, "Serrig: Landschaft, Geschichte und Geschichten", says that while the population of Serrig grew in the 18th and 19th centuries, residents still traveled to the Kirten church, even though it was some distance away, and Kirten itself had only three mills and four nearby houses.

The visitation protocol of about 1810 (this was probably akin to a diocesan report on a Catholic Church in its jurisdiction) reports that Kirten's place of worship was too small by half for the number of people who attended services, most of whom, approximately 80 families and 560 communicants, came from Serrig to services.

The Kirten church had no organ and the mass was sung in Latin but regularly mixed with German songs. Every Sunday there was catechism instruction.

The cemetery was large enough for the needs of the parish. The church had two bells. The first bell was installed in 1753 (when the vestry and nave of the church were added to the first floor choir (which dated from the mid 1500s). Josef Mabillon from Saarburg was given the assignment of making the other bell tower larger in 1839 (to accomodate the new bell).

The rectory was in good condition with five rooms of which two had heat. There was a stable and stall and also a garden behind the house.

By 1853 the Kirten church was still in bad repair, although the protocol from 1853 noted that the altar was now very tasteful and modern. As if the author of the protocol was afraid to give too much praise, it was noted that t
he high altar of the church was overflowing with "bad" statues. Whether this refers to the condition of the statues or the quality of the craftsmanship is not clear.

Next: The Village Church of Irsch



  1. Anonymous3:06 PM

    Dear Kathy, my great grandfather, Mathias Wagner was also born in Serrig Kreis Saarburg on March 14, 1834 to Peter Wagner, born 1808, and his unknown spouse. Peter immigrated to Cincinnati Ohio arriving 19 Aug 1836 abord the ship Palestine. His son, Mathias immigrated to Cincinnati Ohio arriving 25 Nov 1854 abord the ship Catherine with his two sisters Anna born 1829 and Elizabeth born 1831. My problem is that I cannot find anything about them beyond what I have said above. You can reach me through my e-mail, Thank you

  2. Thanks for your comment. Lucky you - a family name like Peter Wagner - almost as common as my Johann Meier. Where do you start when so many people have the same name. I understand your problem. You didn't say if you have searched the records of the Catholic Church in Serrig which are on microfilm at the LDS Library. I think that might give you what you want so that would be where to start. There is also an index at
    Good luck and if I think of anything else, I will get back in touch. Kathy