Or: a slightly different Easter story

… from the St. Nicholas Cathedral of Budweis, Czech Republic.

Easter means for me: Spring, sunshine and awekening of nature, and in our familiy it is always a very joyful celebration. And because I want to pass a little from this happiness, I’ll tell you now a slightly different Easter story from me 🙂

 I’ve already mentioned that I see very bad. So far so good, but my travel and life partner also does not see very well and as he is very enthusiastic and full of sightseeing eagerness, to us already happened some whoopsies …

So we were on an Easter weekend in and around Budweis in the Czech Republic. The weather was gorgeous springlike, everywhere there were small Easter markets with delicate hand-painted Easter eggs, hand-bound palm bushes and other valuables. In the Czech Republic Easter is a very important and traditional festival, as the population is very religious and the Catholic Church is very important. So the churches are to the services always well attended, and at Easter an especially large number of church services are held…

Follow me on a “journey in your mind” to a slightly different worship (best with earphones). The story for reading and the pictures you find below ⇓

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Everwhere are Easter – markets, like this in Pilsen

So we were on an Easter weekend in and around Budweis in the Czech Republic. The weather was gorgeous springlike, everywhere there were small Easter markets with delicate hand-painted Easter eggs, hand-bound palm bushes and other valuables. In the Czech Republic Easter is a very important and traditional festival, as the population is very religious and the Catholic Church is very important. So the churches are to the services always well attended, and at Easter an especially large number of church services are held.

The market square of Pilsen from above

Of course we still wanted to see the beautifully decorated churches, and that was a little difficult during worships, so we got used to open one of the side doors softly, to sneak into the church, to admire them from the aisles and to listen to the worship for a few minutes and then scurrying out.

So we strolled towards on the St. Nicholas Cathedral of Budweis, as beginning church bells ringing heralded a supposedly incipient worship.

The beautiful front of the St. Nicholas Cathredral

So we hurried that we could take a look in the church before the start. So – opened one of the rear side doors, stepped into the semidarkness – crossing a room …

Determined my friend marched in front of me on a brick, splendidly looking passage, and looked neither to the left nor to the right … But I noticed the fact that next to us a very puzzled looking acolyte was preparing himself, and a few servers just threw over their bright red capes.

I know a litte of the Catholic liturgy, and it dawned on me that we were NOT in the side entrance but in the sacristy …

I had the disaster in mind, tried to rush by my friend and stop him with quiet Call …
But too late … He walked with confident self-evident by the brick door and disappeared around the corner …

Cautiously I peered through the passage, very careful NOT to go too far to the front … And the sight that greeted me was priceless …

The church was filled up to the last place, brightly lit and beautifully decorated for Easter. The priest was standing in his celebrations cassock at the altar and was about to bless the faithful. His hand remained in the air, he interrupted his words, staring open-mouthed and with narrowed angry eyes to the left.

There stood my friend – right beside him – the camera at the ready … It would almost fell out of his hand when he became aware that he was standing in the sanctuary, in front of the entire congregation and was bursting the blessing of the priest with momentum.

Under partly amused, partly angry glances of churchgoers and unmistakably angry scolding of the priest he recoiled backwards until he disappeared in the shadows of the sacristy.

Understandably, I have no photo from inside the church … But as Budweis is a very lovable, pretty town with varied attractions and should not only be known for brewing of Budweiser beer, there’s certainly another travel story at another time…
And remember: do not disturb an Easter worship; o)

The wunderful view of the city of Budweis

 

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