Saturday, May 7, 2011

Altotting and Farewell to Bavaria

Saturday greetings from Prien a.Chiemsee, Germany.

I wanted to share information about yesterday's final Catholic site. I visited the pilgrimage area at Altotting, here in Bavaria. Here's apparently how it all started. A young mother's son drowned in a lake or river in the area. She brought the boy's dead body to a statue of the Blessed Virgin, a "black madonna," and the child miraculously came back to life then and there. Millions and millions have visited this shrine, most recently Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. It is the most significant Catholic pilgimage site in Germany.

The small chapel that is home to the statue is also home to the actual hearts of some Bavarian kings, including Ludwig II, his father, and his grandfather. The small chapel is a place of awe, silence, and great reverence. The exterior of the chapel is literally covered with small paintings of thanks to the Blessed Virgin, the black madonna, for her intercession.

Some photos.

There are several churches that ring the central plaza, where stands the chapel of the black madonna. It's the one with the smaller pointed steeple on the left. Here's a photo of the front of the small chapel.

I took this photo of one of the sign posts in the square there. The Germans want to make sure that tourists know how to find all the spots.

One final photo of this beautiful pilgrimage spot.

I hope your Second Week of Easter has been a grace-filled week. I am certainly feeling the abundance of God's love and peace.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

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