The Wachtmans and Brodbecks would like to check interest among members and friends of Holy Trinity for a Lutheran Heritage, Music and Passion Play Pilgrimage in 2020. A two-week itinerary traveling by luxury motor coach to the cities below would include:
- Sites of the Lutheran Reformation
- Host family stay with our German partner congregation (hotel optional)
- Josh playing cathedral organs along the way, and
- Tickets to the world-renowned Oberammergau Passion Play.
- Eisleben – Luther’s birth and death houses
- Erfurt – Augustinian Cloister where Luther studied
- Wittenberg – site of the 95 Theses and Reformation Museum
- Eisenach – Wartburg Castle where Luther hid after excommunication
- Schwerin – home of Holy Trinity’s partner congregation
- Rothenberg – picturesque German city
- Munich – home to Oktoberfest if we travel in late summer or early fall
- Oberammergau – home to the Passion Play
Nearly 400 years ago the history of the Passion Play began. The plague raged in many parts of Europe and did not spare Oberammergau either. In 1633 the Oberammergau villagers promised to perform the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ every tenth year, in so far as no one else was to die of the plague. The villagers’ prayers were answered by God and therefore in 1634 the first Passion Play took place. The promise has been kept ever since when the 42nd Passion Play will take place in Oberammergau in 2020. Because of the great demand for play tickets, deposits for this trip will be necessary well over a year in advance.
More than a simple sightseeing experience, the pilgrimage is planned with meaningful encounters throughout. Josh and Steve invite interested persons to learn more at an informational meeting at 9:40 am on Sunday, July 8 between worship services. You may also indicate your interest by marking Ministry Opportunity B on the All Good Gifts card or contacting the church office.