Inauguration only after 44 years

inauguration only after 44 years

Roland schonmuller wilhelmsthal/lahm-"what lasts long, finally becomes good!" – there is a saying. It says: with patience and perseverance one reaches one’s goal. Or: the result was worth the effort. The ancient quotation is used when, after a long time, a presentable result is seen. Then the effort is worthwhile and the result is good. This is also true for current construction projects like the new berlin airport. But has also validity on a historical sacral architecture in the region. Example: lame in the frankenwald.

In 1726, after four years of construction, the baroque parish church there was completed. But forty-four years had to wait believers and clergy until the consecration. About the reasons can only be speculated. On 30. September 1770 the time has finally come. Bamberger suffragan bishop joseph heinrich performs the consecration of the stately house of worship.

The festivities are splendid and in rhyme recite "two young boys with accomodated hair in choir skirts" on the occasion of the church consecration, an eight-verse poem in which it says: "frohlock, o frohes lahm! / rejoice in loud choirs! / bent to worship the name of grace / josephi / through whom grace is granted to me, / as i am being consecrated."

Sound of timpani and trumpets

After extensive preparations, the day of the consecration finally arrives. The musicians from rothenkirchen set off early in the morning for lahm in the frankenwald, playing french horns and trumpets to mark the day of the consecration. After the early mass, the act of consecration by the bishop’s representative begins at seven o’clock and lasts until half past eleven.

Then, with great participation of the faithful and many guests of honor, the high mass and later an afternoon service are celebrated. Culinary specialties are served for the feast (see info box).

With the ringing of all the bells, the sound of kettledrums and trumpets, and the constant firing of rifles, he took charge of the sanitation of the town the next day, on the first of october 1770, the high guest from bamberg bids farewell to the pious frankenwalders.

Why does it take so long to consecrate the new church?? The 18. The nineteenth century was a time of building boom, not only in the bamberg and neighboring wurzburg monasteries – especially in the sacred area. Many houses of worship awaited their episcopal blessing and dedication. Moreover, the journey to the obermain and the frankenwald was arduous, weather-dependent and time-consuming.

So year after year, decade after decade passed by. However, the autumn date for the consecration may have been a lucky choice. The harvest was almost complete and a tempting banquet table presented food and drink in abundance, certainly in keeping with the tastes and palates of the guests of honor.

The baroque church in lahm "in italian style already had a predecessor building from the late middle ages. 1322/1326 parish and parish are mentioned in documents. Restoration work on the old, probably smaller church is known to have been carried out in 1589/90. Even today, the cemetery around the church is surrounded by a sandstone wall.

The plans for the baroque entrance portal on the church square were drawn up by none other than the famous balthasar-neumann pupil johann michael kuchel. Two episcopal coats of arms refer to the former bamberger ownership of church and village in lahm. The three-story tower of unrendered sandstone ashlars greets visitors from afar. The longhouse contains a precious stucco ceiling and an ornate groined vault in the chancel.

The parish of lahm used to be very extensive and also included the villages of steinberg and posseck. Today the catchment area is limited to hesselbach, lahm, geschwind, grumpel and the filial church community of effelter (with its own house of worship).

From hl. Dedicated to otto?

Lahm is said to have been one of the oldest parishes in the franconian forest. A legend tells of the stay of saint bishop otto i. Von bamberg in lahm in 1128, where he is said to have consecrated the first local parish church and endowed it with rich gifts of land and forest. The parish church of lahm, like all other ecclesiastical buildings and facilities, is located on the southwestern outskirts of the local roundangerdorf.

The conspicuous peripheral location of the church building in lahm, in contrast to neighboring parish villages, points back to the origins of the first settlement of the village. Already in the middle ages, the church property, the so-called pfarr- und gotteshauslehen , may have been included in the conception of the typical village structure here. Both of the church’s agricultural properties were also intended to preserve the farm connection that is customary here.

Not only church, cemetery and marien-chapel in lahm invite to a visit. Numerous field monuments in the surrounding area are also signs and witnesses of religious devotion, which tell of the mentality, life, suffering and christian hope of the local population in the ups and downs of the centuries.