Charming wreath of lights around the church in moggast

Charming wreath of lights around the church in Moggast

Perpetual adoration has been in its current form since the middle of the 18th century. Introduced by Prince-Bishop von Seinsheim at the end of the 18th century, an essential part of the ecclesiastical year in the Archdiocese of Bamberg. It almost developed into a more tourist attraction in Pottenstein or retains its deep religious character with many visitors in Obertrubach. In both cases, the procession of lights plays a formative role at the end. Almost overlooked, however, are the many parishes that celebrate this day in a less spectacular way: like the parish of St. Francis of Assisi. Stephanus Moggast on the Jura plateau in Franconian Switzerland.

Due to a shortage of priests, the parish is now served by Pastor Florian Stark from Pretzfeld. Days before the perpetual adoration 22 altar boys from the associated villages Morschreuth, Burggaillenreuth and Windischgaillenreuth found themselves in the outbuilding of the property of church caretaker Friedrich Wolfel. Over the year they had collected candle remnants to melt down. Then the "Minis" carved still the necessary wood shavings to prepare in tins the light decoration for the final procession for the decoration. The parish council chairman and sacristan Ulrich Angermeier and numerous employees of his committee supported them in the process.

First Communion children

At the end of the Perpetual Adoration, Father Florian Stark celebrated the final service concelebrating with Father Vijaya Raja Boddu. In his homily, pastoral advisor Andreas Lowenfelder spoke about the multiplication of the loaves and took the opportunity to introduce the First Communion children for 2018.

Through the St. Stephen’s Gate

The lights were lit outside in time for the procession through the village and around the church. They formed a charming wreath of lights around the house of worship on the fortified enclosing wall and included the village pond, on which a cross floated with lights. The residents had decorated their houses with candles and lights according to old tradition. Also all local associations with their flags accompanied the procession. The participants went along the main street to the end of the village and came back to the church through the old St. Stephen’s Gate. The brass band of the church music of Moggast accompanied the procession through the nocturnal alleys with songs and chants.

In today’s hectic world with many appointments the realization of such church events is no longer so easy. The lack of priests does not make it easier. So the faithful are challenged and the Moggaster accept this challenge with pleasure and motivation. "There are always people who participate, and something good comes out of it", a participant noted with satisfaction. As well as the volunteer fire department, which provided cordon and security, or just the many volunteers, not mentioned, to whom the pastor said thanks. Moggast, a beautiful example for many smaller parishes in the Archdiocese of Bamberg.

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