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.)