This blog started in Sep 2010, to capture stories from my home village Höfen in Southern Germany, where I was going to live again for one year. I’m now living back in London, and I keep thinking about what is rural.
May being the month of Mary here, comes with a weekly payer meeting in the small chapel, with one Ave Maria per congregation. On the last Sunday in May the annual procession to the church of the Fourteen Saints takes place. Around 80 people from the village meet at 1.30 am in front of the chapel, and then walk 24km eastwards into the sunrise to Fourteen Saints, to arrive there just after 6.30 am. Five to six Ave Marias are held throughtout the walk, and the brass band plays popular hymns whenever the procession crosses a village during the night.
At Fourteen Saints the group splits into those who go for coffee and breakfast at the convent, and those who prefer an early beer.← european trade gaily colours aka catholic taste →