This evening I actually left the house:
and headed downtown, where the Archbishop of Munich-Freising, Reinhard Cardinal Marx, was leading a public rosary in the Marienplatz. This has been done every October 13th since 2000:
October is traditionally the month of the rosary. The rosary is a Marian devotion, and it focuses on all the “mysteries” of God’s plan of salvation, as lived out in the lives of Mary and Jesus. They prayed the Luminous Mysteries tonight, which lead us to meditate on important events in the life of Christ: his baptism in the Jordan, changing water into wine at the wedding at Cana, the Proclamation of the Kingdom, the Transfiguration, and the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper. In between, we sang some hymns.
This all took place in German, of course. Which is actually really fun. I’ve already learned the Lord’s Prayer and the Hail Mary in German, so I could mumble along there, and the rest really doesn’t require language at all.
The Mariensäule and the Neus Rathaus.
This is the best shot I got of the Archbishop. I was taking pictures the whole time on the “twilight” setting, and only realized toward the end that just taking automatic shots without flash was way better. Oh well.
There were a fair amount of people there…
The Marienplatz at night is beautiful! But I can’t wait until they’re done renovating that second tower of the Frauenkirche…