We attended Mass this morning for Gaudete Sunday at St. Walburg's. This is the resting place for the remains of St. Walburga, co-founder of this city. She began an order of nuns; the convent and Church adjoins an elementary school and Kindergarten (Max's) in one long complex built in the side of the mountain. Many pilgrims come to this church in hopes of the intercession of St. Walburga, and the walls of the crypt are covered with "thank you" plaques and crutches, etc, in demonstration of answered prayers over the centuries. The main church was full and as we sat in the back, we were the last to go up to front for Communion. Max chose this moment to do a killer "Tiny Tim" impression and walked stiff-legged all the way back to our pew.
There were trumpets practicing Christmas carols in the church as we stayed after to take pictures, perhaps the most notable was "Silent Night".
|St. Nick gift of painting set|
|St. Walburg Church main altar|
|Lucy by the advent wreath|
|The organ/choir loft|
|The reliquary of St. Walburga|
|Every wall space used for these "Danke" plaques|
|Our apartment balcony|
|Mind the Gap|
|Phil putting Libby to sleep|