Walldürn. The motto of the pilgrimage to the Precious Blood – “We have come to worship Him” (Matthew chapter 2, v. 2) – was the regional pilgrimage day for women from the Odenwald-Tauber region on Wednesday. Morning Mass was musically framed by Edgar Farrenkopf (Buchen) on the basilica organ and by a female choir.
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After the solemn escort of the main celebrant, university pastor Burkhard Hose from Würzburg, by the concelebrant and the preparatory team responsible for organizing the 2022 women’s pilgrimage service from Rosi Baumann (Tauberbischofsheim), Hildegund Berberich (Hardheim), Elisabeth Hell (Götzingen), Martha Kleißner (Tauberbischofsheim), Regina Köhler (Hainstadt) and Brunhilde Marquardt (Walldürn) and representatives of the dean’s team from the sacristy of the basilica through the pilgrimage site and through the basilica to the main altar hall, all participants of this women’s pilgrimage were welcomed by the city pastor and pilgrimage leader P. Josef Bregula OFM Conv, by the head of the dean’s office in Mosbach-Buchen, Elisabeth Hell on behalf of the team preparing the regional pilgrimage of women from the Odenwald-Tauber region and welcomed by the university parish priest Hose and with explanations tailored to the theme of this solemn mass and the motto of the pilgrimage. Supplemented by two members of the preparation team Brunhilde Marquardt and Hildegund Berberich.
Father Josef entered the motto of the pilgrimage. If you take a closer look at the last keyword of the word “worship,” it translates from Greek to a physical ritual of worship: falling on your knees and lowering your head to the ground. The fall of the wise men is therefore a sensual expression of their faith. They would then know who they would meet in Bethlehem – that is, God Himself. The words of their prayers at that time were not given, it is an empty space in the gospel that we must fill if we follow in their footsteps. Therefore, he invites everyone to fill this void with prayers here, in a place of grace. But not only there and on this day, but also in everyday life. After reading Psalm 104 “Creation Praises God,” read by Elizabeth Hell as a lecturer and the concelebrant of the Holy Gospel of Matthew preached by the concelebrant, university pastor Hose placed the keyword at the center of his sermon. The worst time for mourners begins after the funeral – when you walk into an empty apartment and suddenly find yourself alone. The question for the aggrieved parties often arises: “How to continue living without a loved one?”, “How to deal with death?”; “How to get back to normal everyday life?”
keep the values
One way to come to terms with grief, as the Gospel suggests, may be not to hold on to the deceased, but to hold on to what was important to the deceased. Not to build a mausoleum for the deceased, but to continue to build on what the deceased was especially devoted to, and to continue to cultivate values that were important to the deceased and uphold what is holy for the deceased, but not in terms of protection, but integration into one’s own life .
Perhaps this way of mourning in the Gospel is ultimately also the way the evangelist wants to recommend to his congregation. And this is the path that in all gospels walk not men, but women who acknowledge: Jesus does not stay alive among us, fearing to keep the faith. This Jesus comes alive when people connect the gospel with their lives and through this faith they become more human, more attentive, more curious, and more merciful. Despair in this way is an offer to live a more independent life
Each of the Gospels of Easter is designed by evangelists to convey a message about what the Church is like in the eyes of the evangelists. Being a church begins with women fleeing the grave into an uncertain future and not stopping at the grave. For the evangelist Matthew, being a church means, especially for the evangelist Matthew, inserting moments of praise while fleeing the tomb, equating himself with Jesus, not worshiping the tomb but the Risen One, holding on to Him for a while and making sure what it all is about.
Right now, as a pastor, he is experiencing the fall of a church that would rather remain at the grave than fall into an uncertain future, and is doing everything possible to control its loss of meaning into structures rather than giving the gospel a chance to evolve into completely new ones to believe in previously unknown relationships.
Put the people in
The time has come for us to return to the worship of the living Risen Christ, not the Church. The time has come for us to put the individual back in the center, as Jesus Christ did, not the holiness of the church institution. It’s time to follow the example of women – now in this situation of the Church that is dying and for which she does not mourn, come to terms with this Jesus. This is the worship that is needed now; not the worship of the dead Church, but the worship of the Risen One.
He is personally convinced that the path to a living church will be the path to greater justice for all genders. Because the cult of patriarchy caused Jesus’ message to die in the tomb. It will be the path to a church where discrimination will end, and all people will be respected in the same dignity as the baptized.
Impressive after this sermon was the intercession and the preparation of gifts that were made by the members of the team preparing for this women’s pilgrimage.
The collection of this solemn mass was intended for the women’s shelter in the Neckar-Odenwald district and for the kfd project “Women in Need”.
start a conversation
On Wednesday afternoon, there was a prayer service with Eucharistic blessing with the parish priest as the main celebrant, the subject of which was the speech of the Superior General of the Franciscan Sisters Oberzeller near Würzburg, Dr. the theological Katarzyna Ganz got up. In the evening, there was a women’s liturgy, led by the regional women’s officer Regina Köhler, which focused on the symbols of myrrh, incense and gold, with the cares and requests of women brought before God in the incense ritual. Then there was an opportunity to talk over water and cookies.
The service on Wednesday afternoon was solemnly performed by the organist Jürgen Miko (Walldürn) on the basilica organ, and the women’s evening liturgy by Peter Reiß and the Hettigenbeuern singing group. for