What is Fronleichnam? If you would have asked me yesterday I would not have been able to tell you. Here is how I found out about it.

This morning I was supposed to participate in an early morning conference call with some of my colleagues in Germany. I went to bed early last night, woke up early this morning and left for work early so I would be their in time.

However, I found out that the conference call had been canceled because of a holiday in Germany.

So, I had to find out what the holiday it was. I quickly found out that today was Fronleichnam.

Wooden Easter Eggs, Germany, Jena, HandcraftsFronleichnam is not on a set day, but is 60 days after Easter Sunday. I decided that I could use a picture of wooden Easter eggs to illustrate this 🙂

I have several of these eggs on my shelf at home.

Fronleichnam is known as the Feast of Corpus Christi in most places and is a Latin Rite celebrating the body of Christ.

St. Michaels, Jena, Germany, Lutheran Church, City ChurchFronleichnam is celebrated by Catholics and some Anglican and Lutheran churches.

The day is celebrated by processions through the town, but since I don’t have pictures of a procession I will share a few pictures of church buildings in Jena, Germany.

The picture above is of Stadtkirche St. Michael. This church building has a interesting connection to Martin Luther. See my post:  Reformation Day II

St. John's Church, Jena, Germany, Catholic Church BuildingThis church building is St. John’s and is the meeting place for Catholics in Jena. I like the Gothic architecture of the building.

Peace Church, Jena, Germany, Cemetery chapel, Carl Zeiss, FriedenskircheAcross the street from St. John’s is the Friedenskirche. This Baroque church was built in the late 1600’s and is surrounded by a large cemetery. An Evangelical group worships in the church building.

You can view another picture of this church building in my post: September 11 Birthday

The picture above was taken from near the grave of Carl Zeiss who was born on September 11, 1816.

Carl Zeiss Gravestone - September 11, 1816 - December 3, 1888 - Friedenskirche Jena, GermanyI enjoy working for a global company, you learn so much about other countries and cultures.





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2 Responses to Fronleichnam

  1. Glenda McDougal says:

    Beautiful Churches!!

  2. Pingback: June Wanderings | Braman's Wanderings

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