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Prayer for the Assumption of Mary

Monday, 15 August 2022, 5:00 p.m.

On 15th August 2022, Assumption of Mary, the Church is opened although it is a Monday.

A devotion will be celebrated as a prelude to the Miracle of Light season.

We look forward to your visit!


Small church- Big Wonder

the "Light wonder" in the Riemenschneider altar

August 15th is the day of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. In Creglingen near Rothenburg ob der Tauber and in the middle of the "Lovely Tauber Valley" guests will find something very special:
the masterpiece by Tilman Riemenschneider!
In a side valley of the Tauber - the "Herrgottstal" - the path leads to the "Herrgottskirche" one kilometre outside the village. Art lovers from all over the world admire the famous altar of Mary every year.
In the centre of the masterpiece the artist Tilman Riemenschneider shows the Assumption of Mary.
As an extraordinary experience - sunshine in the evening hours provided - visitors can watch the so-called "light miracle" from August 15th!
The interplay of the representation of Mary in the altar and the wandering sunlight creates a fascinating symbiosis...

What happens? A Gothic window adorns the western end of the chapel, which was built by the von Hohenlohe-Brauneck family and completed in 1389.

Between August 15th and August 31st, the position of the sun in the evening - best seen from about 5 - 6 pm -, the window and the area of the statue of the Virgin Mary in the altar form a line. For the observer it almost seems as if the Ascension of Mary could be experienced in person

One must know that the church is actually very dark - the artificial lighting of the Marian altar is therefore minimized in this "miracle of light".
Now, when a ray of light highlights the figure of Mary from the altar surroundings, it was a dramatic effect at the time that made an impression.
A medieval "spotlight"!



Long Night of the Riemenschneider - Churches 2022

The churches with Riemenschneider altars will be open on the evening of 2 July 2022 with free admission and candlelight.

Creglingen, Herrgottskirche, 21:00 - 23:00 hrs.

In the Herrgottskirche you can listen to music with Karl-Heinz Rehfeld at 21:00 and 22:00.
A guided tour of the Riemenschneider altar will be offered at 21:15 and 22:15.

The churches with Riemenschneider altars in Detwang and Rothenburg ob der Tauber will also be open.

Rothenburg o.d. Tauber, Jakobskirche, 9 p.m. - midnight
Detwang, Church of St. Peter and Paul, 9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Hour of natural light 2022

Sunday, 3rd July til Sunday,  10th July 2022 - Closed on Monday 4th July 2022

Clock hour of natural lightThe church renovation of 2011 brought a new electrical lighting concept. Since then, the altar of the Virgin Mary by Tilman Riemenschneider shines in a special light.

But there are also voices that say that the altar is more expressive in natural light. A comparison is possible again this year:

During the hour of natural light the electrical light gets switched off in the time from 17 to 18 o'clock!

The colour of the wood, the spatial impression (the new - different shading) and the detailed workings, change in a very interesting way.
Who enters the church shortly before 17 o'clock, sees both light variants!
Let yourself be surprised!

Do not confuse the hour of natural light with the miracle of light. You can admire the miracle of light from 15th - 31st August 2022.



Devotion at the hour of Jesus' death

Good Friday, 15 April 2022

3:00 p.m. Prayer for the hour of Jesus' death with Pastor Braun


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