Excursion to two pilgrimage destinations in france

Excursion to two pilgrimage destinations in france

The "summer trip the kirchehrenbach senior citizens’ group took a trip to maria limbach and zeil am main. After arrival, the pilgrimage chaplain, pastor ottmar pottler, buried the participants and gave an insight into the magnificent pilgrimage church "maria heimsuchung, the last work of baltasar neumann.
Reformation and war brought pilgrimage to a standstill here, too, but cures at the little fountain of grace gave it a new lease of life from 1727 onwards. Thanks to a generous donation of money from prince bishop von schonborn, who also received healing here, the new church building could be started and consecrated in 1755.
A special feature is also that the pilgrimage church of limbach has two images of the virgin mary. In the high altar there is the spat gothic mother of god from the 16th century. Century. The mother of god standing on the crescent moon with the child of jesus is surrounded by a flaming halo of rays, while the child of jesus turns towards the viewer. The second picture of grace is a serious gothic pietà, a so-called "maria-schmerz-gruppe" on the wall pillar opposite the pulpit.
Priest oliver schutz then celebrated the pilgrimage service with the group. In doing so, he directed his thoughts to the saint of the day, benedict of nursia, who is also revered as the patron saint of europe.
After a tour of the town of zeil, we went up to the zeiler kappele, where we first enjoyed the wide view of the main valley. Pastor schutz celebrated a marian devotion here. The mesnerin of the chapel, mrs. Hamm, explained with much heart blood the history of the kappele, which is also called "french lourdes" is called. The original image of grace, a copy of the passau image of mary help of christians in the left side altar, is no longer the focus of veneration. Rather, it is the much-visited lourdes grotto in a funnel-shaped side chapel.

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