Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The smells and bells of The Church

For today's Feast of the Assumption I took my visiting American friends to the Dormition Abbey on Mt. Zion.
We were greeted by the joyful pealing of great bells.

After the festive Mass (in German, English, and Latin) in the magnificent church (over a hundred years old),

we all went down to the crypt and there were some more prayers, with the new Father Abbot (from Ireland) and his Benedictines facing

the reclining figure of Mary in her dormition.

The monks gave everyone a little bundle of greenery, symbolizing the beauty and joy of God's creation.
For more photos and impressions about this place and this feastday, please see my labels below (Mary, Dormition Abbey.)
Bonne fĂȘte!


Fran said...

Thanks so much for this! I wrote about the Dormition earlier today, and included a photo of that same Marian image, from that same place. I never got to attend mass there - one day. Thanks for "bringing" us along!

Fran said...

PS - And I did wonder... what will Dina post today?!

Hels said...

Isn't it fascinating that the Protestant Reformation was largely (ok, ok partially) about getting rid of Catholic bells and smells).

VP said...

I visited this lovely church several times, but I never got any greenery: wrong time of the year!

Rob Mandy said...

One of my favorite places, the Dormitio.

Kay said...

Wow! These are really wonderful photos, Dina! What a beautiful place.

Sara said...

I love the idea of bells and smells...though I've not experienced them much. Perhaps it is time to consider that!

Spiderdama said...

Beautiful details in this church, I really like that roof.

Come Away With Me said...

Shabbat Shalom Dina, and thanks for sharing these links again. I see my comment above from 3 years ago, and here I am today, a Greek Orthodox Christian now, and celebrating this Feast. Isn't life wonderful! God is good.

Dina said...

Come Away With Me, shalom! Yes indeed, who knew, back then. Praise the Lord you have found the right way for you!