Tuesday, September 19, 2017

For Whom the Bells Toll...

The steady rhythmic BONG echoing across the fields means different things to different people in this area of Switzerland...

From just about anywhere in the city of Zug you can hear the peal of church bells...every hour and half hour starting at 6:50 am until 10 pm -every day of the week. And if there are services at any given hour, the bells will chime incessantly for the 10 minutes before the start of Mass (note 6:50 am).

62% of people in the canton of Zug identify as Catholic and there are 19 parishes dotting the city and countryside alike- each more historic and beautiful than the last. Being a recovering Catholic I can appreciate the splendor and comfort these buildings can provide. Here are few pictures of some churches we thought were especially pretty:

I think the balloons were for a wedding later in the day.
Fancy.

The caged alter was new to us.
It's a long ways up.

Not only do the Catholics add music to the air and beautiful buildings to the area, they also provide those living in the canton, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, with several public holidays:

Good Friday (Friday before Easter)
Easter Monday (Monday after Easter)
Ascension Day (40 days after Easter)
Pentecost (also called Whit Monday)
Corpus Christi (second Thursday after Whit Monday)
Assumption Day (August 15)
Immaculate Conception Day (December 8)
St. Stephen's Day (December 26)

This list only includes the holidays that land on weekdays - there are several that also land on Sundays. The Catholics definitely enhance vacation options.

Here is my poem about what the church bells mean to me:

2 comments:

  1. Your challenges to 'adapt' are many in this new place, Bridget. Quiet, then bells through the day. I love hearing all about it, hear few bells here, and I think only on Sundays.

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    1. Thanks, Linda! Surprising what we notice when we are out of our familiar surroundings. The bells tolling happen at different parishes all around the area - they must coordinate their bell/mass schedules. =)

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