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A New Bell Will Ring in Christmas in Original Shrine

Original Shrine will be Open Again on December 23

The new bell for the Original Shrine in Schoenstatt and the donator.
Die neue Glocke fürs Urheiligtum in Schönstatt und ihr Spender
On the front of the bell, a MTA relief is attached, with a crown - a replica of the crown in the Original Shrine -, surrounded by ten rose buds that form a rosary as "living crown of roses"
Auf der Vorderseite ist ein Relief der Dreimalwunderbaren Mutter von Schönstatt zu sehen, umgeben von einem Kranz aus Rosen.
On the reverse side, Vincent Pallotti is depicted; the inscription reads: "100 years of the Pallottines' presence in Vallendar, 1901 - 2001"
Auf der gegenüberliegenden Seite sind ein Relief von Vinzenz Pallotti und die Inschrift "100 Jahre Pallottiner in Vallendar 1901-2001" zu sehen.
In a simple celebration, attended by a small congregation of Schoenstatt members, Father Matthias Rummel SAC, director of the Original Shrine, blessed the new bell
Der Rektor des Heiligtums, Pater Matthias Rummel weiht in einer schlichten Feier zu der einige Schönstätter vom Ort gekommen waren, die neue Glocke.
After the blessing, the bell resounds for the first time
Nach der Weihe wird die Glocke angehoben und zum ersten Mal angeschlagen. Sie klingt im Ton h'
Fotos: PressOffice Schönstatt, Fischer © 2001
Later in the afternoon the bell "rises" to the bell tower...
Am Abend des Tages - nachdem sie mit dem Joch verbunden war - wurde die Glocke zum Turm hinausgezogen und dort eingebaut.
Workers fasten the bell ...
Arbeiter ziehen die letzten Befestigungsschrauben fest ...
... and attach the rope: On Sunday, December 23, the bell will be ringing again...
... und haken das Glockenzugseil ein
Fotos: PressOffice Schönstatt, Fischer © 2001

(mkf) A new bell will ring in Christmas in the Original Shrine: fastened in the new bell tower with its dark-red timbers, and first rung on December 13, 2001, it will announce the re-opening of the Original Shrine on the fourth Advent Sunday, December 23. As a real Christmas gift, the doors of the Original Shrine will open again after several weeks. Due to the complete renovation of the roof timbering, the Original Shrine, the source and center of Schoenstatt's life, had been closed since the first week in November.

The sun was shining from bright blue skies on a crisp, chilly winter day when the new bell for the Original Shrine arrived with short notice on Thursday, December 13. Father Matthias Rummel improvised a blessing ceremony with a little flock of participants who happened to get the information or just walked by. The new bell has a relief picture of the Mother Thrice Admirable on the front side, crowned with a replica of the Original Crown that Father Kentenich attached to the MTA picture in the Original Shrine on December 10, 1939. A rosary of ten rose buds surrounds the picture like a living crown of roses. "Mother Thrice Admirable, pray for us!" reads the inscription of the bell. On the reverse side it has a picture of Vincent Pallotti and reminiscence to the centenary of the Pallottines' arrival in Schoenstatt. In the afternoon, at around 4:00 PM, the new bell was finally fastened in the bell tower.

Complete Renovation of the Roof

The weeks before, progress in the renovation of the roof could be seen day by day. The major part of the woodwork of the roof had to be replaced, new shingles were attached – making the old ones a precious object of longing and joy for Schoenstatt members who got a chance to achieve one. Father Matthias Rummel SAC decided to also have the necessary painting of the inside walls done now: "So we don't need to close the Shrine again in spring, like in the other years". Asked why the Shrine would only re-open on the day before Christmas, he said: "We could have done it some days earlier, but then we would still have had the scaffolding and all the signs of a construction site. I thought it to be better to open it just for Christmas, with all done, so we can return to a beautiful Shrine where the light of Jesus' birth is shining…"

The Spiritual Dimension of a Closed Shrine

Many items from the Shrine have been in temporary custody of Schoenstatt communities during these weeks. "Today, on a personal anniversary, I had the Holy Spirit symbol of the Original Shrine," said Fr Joseph Treutlein, chairperson of the German diocesan directors. "It's strange to not be able to send a mail to Schoenstatt asking someone to take me and my loved ones to the Original Shrine," said a Professional Woman. "And anyway, a closed Shrine, that does not work. The nature of our Shrine is to be open, I understand that much better now."

Word of mouth quickly spread that the old shingles were available. The joy and anticipation with that Schoenstatt members in Australia, USA, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador and other countries are looking for their "piece of the place of grace" to arrive, leaves some of those who have the grace of being close to the Original Shrine dumbfounded. The measure of longing is the measure of love, and distance increases the longing. "I understood much better how important the Original Shrine is for the international Schoenstatt family, as a unifying center, as the source of grace. It is amazing that such an old shingle from our Shrine can mean so much for someone in USA," said a young woman from Germany. "Can I please also have one?"


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