to enjoy the beauty of an Easter Sunday mass.
This year I was lucky enough to get to the Easter Sunday mass in St. Maurice – a congregation and church that are celebrating 1500 years of continued services!
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_d%27Agaune for French Wikipedia and
|The entry doors|
|The main platform|
|Wooden side stalls|
|Organ in the rear|
|Entry to the museum and "treasurers"|
|Bell tower from the outside|
No the pope didn’t come (apparently an invitation was sent, but the Vatican never replies: or their reply is simply that of a “no show”).
|Mgr Joseph Roduit|
It didn’t matter. It also didn’t matter that the average age of the priests on the platform was probably 80+. To be sitting in such a historical building (I have also seen the “treasures” of St.Maurice), to be enjoying the pageantry of the mass, to listen to the marvelous music – the organ postlude was one of my favorites, to attend the sending off of the “bell” on its way to Rome (balloons in the shape of a bell) accompanied by the balloons and cards of the children of the congregation, was a special couple of hours.
|building of the "bell"|
|bronze replica of Saint Maurice|
|The launching of the "bell" headed for Rome|
|Over the mountains|
|1500 years of continual spiritual presence|
|Sigismond, King of Burgundy who established the Abby in 515|
Never mind that lunch in La Forge thereafter was delicious!