Monday, April 17, 2006

Easter night in Kiedrich

On Saturday night we went to the Easter night celebration at the St. Valentinus church in Kiedrich. As you see here on the photo, everything was kept dark (deliberately) because part of the ceremony was to light candles at the Easter fire outside the church. It was beautiful when the church started to light up inside by everyone's candles! Too bad I couldn't take a picture of that...

18 Comments:

At 12:09 PM, Blogger Lorraine said...

Wonderful perspective Nicola, lovely photo!

 
At 7:51 PM, Anonymous Markus said...

Was fuer eine Wunderfully Kirche! Ich habe gehoert das der Organist gestorben ist? Wer spielt die aelteste spielbare Orgel in Deutschland jetzt? Kanntest du den Organist?

SEHR schoenes Bild!

 
At 7:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wunderfully? WOW! You ever have two languages run together???

"wunderbare Kirche"

lets try that in that sentence....

:-p

 
At 10:29 PM, Blogger Ggraph said...

Nice night photo. Looks like a beautiful church.
Regards,
Mark

 
At 10:47 PM, Blogger Nicola said...

Thanks Lorraine & Mark!

Markus - Ja, der neue Organist ist Michael Wagner. Den vorherigen kannte ich leider nicht. Warst Du auch bei den Chorbuben, wenn Du in Kiedrich aufgewachsen bist?

 
At 12:14 AM, Blogger Markus said...

Nein, ich war nie bei den Chorbuben, aber mein Grossvater war der Organist. Walter Bibo. Hmm..wen kenne ich noch in Kiedrich...kennst du die familie Hardt?

 
At 1:13 AM, Anonymous lagatta à Montréal said...

E una bandiera della pace italiana! Bravi, i Tedeschi!

 
At 1:32 AM, Anonymous G said...

I agree with the other comments here - I really enjoy the perspective on this.

 
At 3:17 AM, Blogger mark said...

Is the church gay friendly? or does the flag have another meaning?

 
At 5:08 AM, Blogger Jill said...

I bet it was a beautiful service.

 
At 6:04 AM, Blogger Ash said...

Wow...so beautiful!

 
At 8:15 AM, Anonymous Emré said...

Pace, what's it? I like the capture, but the other door looks a bit off to the right. Background is dark and grainy, I assume no flash, high iso.

 
At 9:47 AM, Blogger Kris said...

i think i can imagine the wonderful atmosphere :)

 
At 6:04 PM, Blogger Maya said...

Happy belated Easter :-| but yeah, I bet it was real nice celebration there at the church.

I remember the flag! yeah, I asked you before already...why is it like a gay flag?;-P

 
At 10:23 PM, Blogger Nicola said...

thegerman349/markus - nein, Deinen Großvater habe ich leider nicht gekannt. Familie Hardt kenne ich auch nicht. Ich selbst bin in Oestrich aufgewachsen.

lagatta - italian or latin.

Thanks g!

mark - I actually didn't know that the rainbow colored flag is used in the gay community before I came to the US. Over here it's more referred to as a symbol of hope and peace (underlined here with the latin word for it).

jill - yes, it was really nice.

Thanks ash!

emre - good eye! yep, I should've stepped a bit more to the left. Pace is the latin word for peace.

fotoaddict - you're right, it was quite festive.

maya - hope you had a great Easter as well! I think they put the flag up here as a symbol of hope and peace (reference to the bible story of Noah on his ark).

 
At 10:04 AM, Anonymous lagatta à Montréal said...

That is the Italian peace movement flag (pax in Latin, pace in Italian). I believe it started with the annual peace march between Perugia and Assisi - the birthplace of Saint Francis and Saint Clare of course - but also constantly at war with the neighbouring city state of Perugia in medieval times.

Pace e bene is the Franciscan slogan (Peace and Good).

All of that is probably why the Italian peace flag is common throughout Europe.

The gay rainbow flag has somewhat different colours. I have seen the gay rainbow flag a lot in Amsterdam, of course, and in the Marais in Paris.

I love reading German, though I know it would be asking a lot of Nicola to make her two blogs bilingual!

 
At 10:06 PM, Blogger Fraser said...

What a wonderful venue for the Easter service. The candlelights must have been marvellous. In Jerusalem in the 360's there was an Easter dawn service, mainly in darkness until the baptizands came in each with a candle. The tradition goes back a long way. The bishop was Cyril of Jerusalem who described the services in great detail. Great photo and nice to have the commentary.pw

 
At 10:38 PM, Blogger Nicola said...

lagatta - thank you so much for the information!! I've learned something new again here. Actually, I learn new things everyday when I take the photos and research the information I'm telling you about it.

As for the German - I've been thinking about it but at this point I don't know where to take the time for it... It's not completely "off the table" yet, though...

Fraser - That must have been amazing as well! Thank you for sharing this information!

 

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