6983 Buisson (La Roche-en-Ardenne)
01 January - 31 December
Mon 10.00 - 18.00
Tue 10.00 - 18.00
Wed 10.00 - 18.00
Thu 10.00 - 18.00
Fri 10.00 - 18.00
Sat 10.00 - 18.00
Sun 10.00 - 18.00
Saturday 7 pm
Here is that small unassuming village church that one loves. In a charming village full of character, the church is welcoming, very often open throughout the year.
Inside are the statues of Sainte Anne and Saint Lambert. In the entry porch two long bell cords hang ready for action. Note also the contemporary Way of the Cross where the men arresting Jesus carry guns.
The statue of St. Donatius stands on the outside of the church, to the right of the tower. Saint Donatius was a legionnaire in the Imperial Army. Recently the colours were intensified by Marie-Jo Spote, a local artist. Donatius holds a lightning strike in his hand. He was therefore worshipped against lightning strikes. In some parishes there is still a procession in his honour every year, at the beginning of July. (Arlon, Gives, Recogne, Noville, Sainte-Cécile and many others).
The main altar and the altar of the Blessed Virgin (both in baroque style) are from Stavelot, the city of Marie Dester, wife of the donor. The lower part of the altar is damaged and therefore incomplete... Two openings in the woodwork of the choir used to serve as a confessional. This was during big celebrations where there was a lot of people. The confessor was in the sacristy where we still find the armrests of the confessional.
The painter's paint of the altar is quite modern and shows us a glorious, enlightened Christ with as a result the whole of humanity, even the most affected. All this gives us a familiar and hopeful image. The painting is by the painter Battice.
On the right side of the altar is Saint Lambertus, bishop of Liège and parish priest of this parish. St. Lambert was probably chosen because he would refer to the generous founder.
On the left side of the altar is Saint Anna who teaches her daughter how to read. This saint is especially honoured in the old community of Ortho, of which Buisson was part until 1/1/1977 (fusion of the municipalities).
A wooden cross is attached above the confessional. The Christ on the cross is also made of wood. Initially this cross was located in the chapel of Our Lady of La Salette, near the farm of Viviers. The name "Glorious Christ" comes from the rays of light coming from the centre of the cross. E.Matthias, a carpenter and cabinetmaker, restored it in 2008 with great artistic skill.
Besides the painting of the altar, Battice - who had a second residence in Nisramon - is also the author of the Stations of the Cross. The latter was very difficult to accept by the parishioners who did not understand the symbolism of the armed soldiers. This explains why the work of art was not exhibited for a long time, but fortunately it was kept in the vicarage.
Since it was discreetly restored, at the initiative of the leader of the church factory and supported by Abbot Bihain (i.e. the last parish priest of the parish: 1972-2005), there has been no negative reaction from the parishioners.
From bell tower to bell tower in the heart of the Ardennes (car 2 route) - Several churches are built on the very site of very old oratories, of which they have preserved traces. Some were destroyed and then rebuilt, especially after the Religious Wars. Others, more recent, testify to the styles in vogue at the time of our (great-)grandparents....
From bell tower to bell tower in the heart of the Ardennes (cycle route 1) - How lucky we are to have so many "building stones" in our basement. In this part of the Ardennes, it is mainly schist and sandstone that we find, or even a mixture of the two. The churches built in these rocks draw a very particular strength of character from them... A route for lovers of climbing.