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photoblog image A ceiling with a Holy Spirit Hole /Himmelsloch

A ceiling with a Holy Spirit Hole /Himmelsloch

 

spoted in the Cathedral of St. Mary (Dom St. Marien) in Freiberg/Saxony -  "the silver city's landmark and the centre of lived faith for the Protestant congregation. Built in 1180 as a romanesque basilica the cathedral is a cultural monument nowadays. Since the beginning of the 16th century the late-gothic building defines the skyline of the city of Freiberg."

 

Going inside, you immediately notice the richly decorated vaults. "These works of art served not only to inspire the worshippers — they were also often cleverly used to hide trap doors in the cathedral ceiling to the very tops of their roofs. And this is why:

 

During the Pentecost worship service, some hapless servants would be drafted to scramble up on the rooftop. They would be listening in to the service below, and the appropriate moment during worship, they would release live doves through these holes. From out of the painted skies and clouds on the cathedral ceiling, these symbols of a vitally present Holy Spirit would swoop and dive down on the people below. At the same moment, the choirboys would run around with streamers making whooshing and drumming sounds, like a holy windstorm. But it didn't end there: as the doves were flying and the winds were rushing, the ceiling holes would open up once more — as bushels upon bushels of rose petals where showered down. And red, flickering bits of flowers like tongues of flame would gently fall upon the awe-struck congregation. Wow...! Who needs high-tech laser shows and holographic projections if you have this? These special openings to the sky in medieval churches had a name; they were called “Holy Spirit holes.”" Here you see such a Holy Spirit hole/Himmelsloch in German marked by its intense heavenly blue colour.
Holy Ghost holes can still be seen today in European churches such as Canterbury Cathedral.

 

"Looking up" is the title of a short series this week

A ceiling with a Holy Spirit Hole /Himmelsloch

 

spoted in the Cathedral of St. Mary (Dom St. Marien) in Freiberg/Saxony -  "the silver city's landmark and the centre of lived faith for the Protestant congregation. Built in 1180 as a romanesque basilica the cathedral is a cultural monument nowadays. Since the beginning of the 16th century the late-gothic building defines the skyline of the city of Freiberg."

 

Going inside, you immediately notice the richly decorated vaults. "These works of art served not only to inspire the worshippers — they were also often cleverly used to hide trap doors in the cathedral ceiling to the very tops of their roofs. And this is why:

 

During the Pentecost worship service, some hapless servants would be drafted to scramble up on the rooftop. They would be listening in to the service below, and the appropriate moment during worship, they would release live doves through these holes. From out of the painted skies and clouds on the cathedral ceiling, these symbols of a vitally present Holy Spirit would swoop and dive down on the people below. At the same moment, the choirboys would run around with streamers making whooshing and drumming sounds, like a holy windstorm. But it didn't end there: as the doves were flying and the winds were rushing, the ceiling holes would open up once more — as bushels upon bushels of rose petals where showered down. And red, flickering bits of flowers like tongues of flame would gently fall upon the awe-struck congregation. Wow...! Who needs high-tech laser shows and holographic projections if you have this? These special openings to the sky in medieval churches had a name; they were called “Holy Spirit holes.”" Here you see such a Holy Spirit hole/Himmelsloch in German marked by its intense heavenly blue colour.
Holy Ghost holes can still be seen today in European churches such as Canterbury Cathedral.

 

"Looking up" is the title of a short series this week

comments (11)

C'est magnifique !
Philine: Merci bien, Martine!
Oh that is so beautiful!! I love the delicate colors!
Philine: Many thanks, Elizabeth, I think the church was renovated.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 20 May 2019, 06:39
This is really exiting Philine. The building looks delightful, indeed almost quirky. And I am trying to imagine being there as wind, doves and petals add vigour and colour. How odd would that be..
Philine: Oh, this must a real pentecost event. Thank you kindly for your comment!
Oh, my, Philine. This is the first time I have ever heard or seen this. One would never forget such an event!
Philine: You might be right, a real event, such a holy Spirit hole must be in several churches. Heel bedankt, Ginnie!
Wow this is beautiful Philine
Philine: I was impressed, too, many thanks, Bill! Did Joseph enjoy the play on Saturday?
Wouah...j'adore !!!
Philine: J'adore aussi, merci bien, Claudine!
  • Salima I.E.M. Senders
  • Netherlands
  • 20 May 2019, 08:21
This reminds me of the Annenkirche (Anna church) in Annaberg/Saxony, the first time I was there in Decembre 1994 and was very impressed by the beautiful building, specialy in that time of the year!
Philine: Yes, the churches are similar to each other, Freiberg is a really lovely town, in a very good state, too. Heel bedankt, Salima! Did you listen to Duncan Laurence?
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 20 May 2019, 10:47
Quite a story tell, this show they put on. I can just imagine how the middle ages congregation was reacting to this.
Philine: Surely a fascinating show on Easter or Pentecost, there are some churches with a 'Himmelsloch'. I especially like the rose petals. Heel bedankt, Louis!
An altogether beautiful building, espcially that ceiling.
Philine: A wonderful church with some medieval treasures. The Holy Spirit Hole is only one of them. Many thanks, Brian! Do you have new information about Alan via Facebook?
What a beautiful ceiling that is Philine, and a fascinating history, thanks.
Philine: Canterbruy Cathedral has also such a Holy Spirit Hole as I read. Many thanks, Frank!
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 20 May 2019, 16:36
Wow, such a beautiful ceiling.
Philine: I hope you arrived safe & sound in France. Bonne soirée, Chad!

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