Orvidai Homestead

Orvidai Homestead is a place for those who look for a quiet corner, an oasis where it could be possible to know oneself, create without restrictions, derive new ideas or simply rest irrespective of age, religious or world outlook. It is a place that accepts everyone and gives a chance to experience freedom desired by many.

Sounds of Bells

Ringing bells make man pause and listen and lift up one’s heart to God. Vilius would ask everyone to ring the big bell as much as possible.

Vilius Orvidas wrote

‘May this little spiritual spring of nation be protected from dishonest intruders’ so that souls yearning for Motherland’s and their own rebirth could find here the source of inspiration.’

Ticket prices:

  • Adults6 Eur;
  • Students and disabled (presentation of a certificate) – 4 Eur;
  • Schoolchildren - 3 Eur.

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Group registration:

1 Cor 13: 1-8

If I have all the eloquence of men or of angels,
but speak without love,
I am simply a gong booming or a cymbal clashing.
If I have the gift of prophecy,
understand all the mysteries there are, and knowing everything, and if I have faith in all its fullness, to move mountains, but without love, then I am nothing at all.
If I give away all that I possess, piece by piece, and if I even let them take my body to burn it, but am without love, it will do me no good whatever.
Love is always patient and kind; it is never jealous;
love is never boastful or conceited;
it is never rude or selfish; it does not take offence, and is not resentful.
Love takes no pleasure in other people’s sins but delight in the truth;
it is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope and to endure

Vilius Orvidas’ litany

You are God – I am but your creation,
You are everything – I am nothing.
You are strength – I am weakness,
You are omnipresent – I am just here,
You are the father – I am your child,
You are life – I am mortal,
You are the road – I am turmoil,
You are the Pastor – I am your lamb,
You are submission – I am prideful,
You are the truth – I am full of error,
You are the light – I am stained,
You are the sun – I am but a ray,
You are the ocean – I am but a drop,
You are the universe – I am a small star within it,
You are eternity – I am but a short moment,
You are the fire of love – I am just a spark,
You rule the world – I cannot even rule myself,
You restore everything – I do damage,
You invite us to Heaven – I embrace the earth,
You yearn to serve – I alone give orders,
You are an eternal glory – I am but a blade of grass,
You are everything without me – I am nothing without you,
You wear a thorny crown – I think only about retribution,
You are silent, eternal wisdom – I am noisy ignorance,
You are loved by all who meet you – I inspire pity,
Everything you do is good – much of what I do comes from anger,
You are my judge – I am but a poor sinner,
However – I AM HAPPY!