Monday, August 13, 2007

German pilgrimage

One of our German readers, knowing my interest in traditional pilgrimages in Europe, sent me some links to a pilgrimage that occurs in a reform of the reform context: Maria Vesperbild.

This pilgrimage takes place in the diocese of Augsburg, Bavaria and the present rector of the pilgrimage is Msgr. Imkamp, who I am told is a very traditional priest. His parish is one of those rare one's that has no "people's altar" (as they are called in that region; meaning an altar intended for versus populum sitting before the traditional high altar -- at least, that is how I understand its meaning). Instead, they continue to use the high altar, offering Mass ad orientem.

Apparently the good Monsignor has revived this pilgrimage on a formal level, drawing around 18,000 people on the Feast of the Assumption and around 500,000 people per year.

The pilgrimage also includes the presence of various prelates.

Here are some pictures of a pilgrimage done in the past couple of years.

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