Here is a photo I took today of the exterior of the Benedictine Abbey here in Ettal. Today is actually the anniversary of the founding of the Abbey.
And here is a photo of the organ I played yesterday and will play again for the closing retreat Mass tomorrow morning.
The organ basically sits in a little niche off of the choir area. Believe it or not, I was trying to sing verses of the communion song from that organ bench into this space:
I couldn't resist sharing a few photos I took of the sacristy, where the priest and ministers of the liturgy vest and prepare for Mass:
I have greatly enjoyed being the music minister here in this beautiful place all week. Please enjoy some additional photos I took while doing some sightseeing over the past few days. First, King Ludwig II's Neuschwanstein Castle:
And Saint James Cathedral in Innsbruck (as you know, Saint James is my home parish in Chicago):
Here are a few photos of the interior of Saint James in Innsbruck:
Finally, a few photos of some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen. So much to be thankful for.
The monks of Ettal brew some very fine beer and liqueurs.
Thanks for browsing through my "vacation slide show."
I hope your Easter Season is unfolding with joy and grace.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.