Pilgrims path

The Pilgrims Walk

This 3.2 km long path makes for a pleasant walk through the wooded area near the church. Along the path there are places to stop to think and pray.

Some important subjects are brought to mind to encourage prayer identified as pearls or beads.

Wells and Beads

There are a number of wells across Europe which have probably been pagan wells long before being christianised. It is likely that this is one of them.

The use of beads in prayer has been a common practice amongst all major religions including Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant forms of Christianity as well as in Hinduism, Budism, Islam, Sikhism and Paganism. They are used for prayers and chants.

There are no beads for prayer in the Bible, and many Christians consider them to be mere religious rituals, even pagan rituals

Prayer is communication with God, addressing him with meaningful words including praise, thanks, requests, rather than a mere repetition of a religious formula. Nevertheless, as a reminder of the important things to pray about there is no reason why beads are any worse or any better than memorising various patterns to follow.

Evangelicals often use the ACTS formula - Adoration, Confession, Thanks and Supplication.

(For example, and is quite Biblical)

The Lord's Prayer

And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. Truly I tell you, they have their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your inner room, shut your door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen. And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

And when you pray, do not babble on like pagans, for they think that by their many words they will be heard. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

So then, this is how you should pray:

‘Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be Your name,

Your kingdom come,

Your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

And forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors;

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.'

For if you forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive yours.

Matthew 6:5-14

It doesn't have to be a room with a door, the forrest is perfect!

St- Sigfrids Well

Saint Sigfrid was an English missionary. He was born in Glastonbury and died in Vexjö in 1045 as a bishop. During his wandering between the provinces of Småland and Västergötland he took a rest the place now known as Utvängstorp.

King Olof Skötkonung (c. 980 – 1022) asked King Edred of England to send some missionaries to Sweden in the beginning of the 11th century with purpose to convert the Swedes to the Christian faith.

According to legend, Sigfrid struck his hiking staff on the ground at this place and suddenly a well gushed up. The inhabitants of Utvängstorp were then baptized in this well, and so they became Christian. The well is still called the well of Saint Sigfrid.

The legend also says that Sigfrid forgot his bamboo hiking staff at this place. The local inhabitants saved the staff as a holy remembrance, and it has been stored behind the altar in the church of Utvängstorp since then. In 1784 it was 180 centimetre (72 inch) long, but today it is only about 40 centimetre (16 inch) long because some people thought the staff had power to heal, and occasionally broke splinters from it.

The first church in Utvängstorp was likely built in the neighbourhood of the well of Saint Sigfrid, but in the end of the 12th century a new church was erected where it stands today.