What do you know about Worms? I always think of the Nibelungen in Worms on the Rhine. Besides this legendary story Worms also has a lot of real historical events to offer. How about Martin Luther’s famous appearance at the Reichstag in 1521? Or the Worms Concordat, as you may have heard in history lessons.
What Worms as well as Mainz has to show of course is an impressive cathedral from the Romanesque epoch. Before we visited it, we went to the Rhine for a short visit to the Nibelungen Bridge and the Hagen Monument. Yes, if Hagen had not assassinated Siegfried, who knows, the Burgundians might still exist in Worms today.
The next stop of our city tour was the Holy Sand, the oldest preserved Jewish cemetery in Europe. There are still gravestones on the cementary from the 10th century. At the time they were placed, there were more bears than humans in my home region, the ore mountains.
Next it was finally the turn to visit the cathedral. What a building! We just arrived after the Holy Mass, which made us experience a very special play of light. The rays of the sun, which penetrated through the windows directly under the vault, were enchanted by the incense clouds into an almost mystical play of light. In contrast to the dark walls and the wonderfully golden high altar in the background, I did not need much imagination to get an idea of heaven in the Christian sense. How could such a spectacle have affected people in the Middle Ages who lived their whole lives in low, dark wooden houses?
From the cathedral we continued to the Luther memorial. Unfortunately, the building in which Martin Luther insisted on his convictions before Emperor Charles V. no longer exists. That is why Worms had giving him this memorial. With elector Frederick, a Saxonian is also represented in a prominent position. You know, Luther’s „kidnapping“ to Wartburg Castle, that was him.
In the afternoon we visited the cathedral again. Why twice, you will ask. Because a very special event was celebrated. The cathedral got five new bells and these were consecrated that day. Of course, the bear must not be missing this celebration. Together with me, so many people took part in the consecration of the bells that it became really narrow in the big church.
The bells were consecrated by the Archbishop of Mainz, to whose diocese Worms belongs. Also for him it was something very special, as he said himself. Five bells at once, he is probably the only bishop in Germany who was allowed to perform such a great ceremony. Now the cathedral, together with the three emergency bells casted after the Second World War from donations of the population, gets again a large ringing of eight bells. At Whitsun it will be inaugurated and if you don’t have any plans yet, you can be there, it will surely be great.
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