Germany: Youth Honor Our Lady of Fatima

Source: Distrikt Deutschland

For the one-hundredth anniversary of the apparitions of Fatima, young traditional Catholic Germans organized a Marian procession in the streets of Essen on May 20, 2017.

The weather could not have been more perfect on May 20 for the members of the Northwest province of the KJB, the German-speaking traditional Catholic youth group whose chaplains are the priests of the Society of Saint Pius X.

As is fitting on such occasions, the day began with a Solemn High Mass celebrated at the St. Boniface priory in Essen by Fr. Wolfgang Göttler, assisted by Fr. Markus Niederberger as deacon and Fr. Fabian Reiser as subdeacon.

The Pilgrim Virgin Statue of the District of Germany was enthroned above the tabernacle and the altar was decorated with the utmost care. After the Holy Mass, and a picnic lunch, the pilgrims gathered in the chapel of the Carmelite convent of Our Lady of Sorrows in Essen, Stoppenberg.

Over 150 faithful, mostly young people, sang out the prayers and songs as the procession set off behind the clergy.

The magnificently decorated Pilgrim Virgin was carried for almost 4 kilometers on a stretcher  to the cathedral of Essen, whose treasury is the home of the famous Golden Madonna, a masterpiece of German goldsmiths from the late 10th century. The pilgrims entered the sanctuary to the sound of the great organ that had been placed at their disposition.

After the Virgin was placed next to the main altar, Fr. Reiser told the pilgrims the story of the Golden Madonna, which is still fervently venerated today in  the entire region of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The procession ended with a chanted litany, the renewal of the consecration of the KJB to the Sacred Heart, and the final blessing.

It was a Marian day full of grace, an opportunity for the KJB to offer a resounding proof of its motto: “To make the truth and the unaltered Faith shine forth out of love for Jesus Christ and His Church.”