The 'CATHOLIC HERALD', and Swiss experts, have combined to present to readers an idea for the ideal holiday and pilgrimage VAMOUS for at least a
thousand years as a home of scholars and saints, and a great centre of learning, the great Benedictine Abbey of Einsiedeln in the Schwyz Canton of Switzerland has long been a place of pilgrimage and devotion for the Swiss.
Its fame has spread also to Italy, Austria, Germany. and
France. But it appears that no pilgrimages are sponsored from England.
OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU THE Cicruouc HERALD has there
fore taken the initiative and will give Catholics in this country an opportunits to combine a pilgrimage with a holiday in Switzerland.
It is hoped that this step will encourage travel organisations to give it their consideration in future years.
The Abbey, dedicated to Our Lady of the Hermits, got its name from hermits who lived in the district from as early as the ninth century.
Among the early hermits was St. hleinrad who possessed a wonderworking statue of Our Lady given him by the Abbess Hildegard of Zfirich. The statue is still venerated in the Abbey.
After St. Meinrad catne St. Eberhard who built a monastery at Einsiedeln and became the first Abbot. Legend says that the Abbey was miraculously consecrated in 948 by Christ Himself attended by the four Evangelists, St. Peter and St. Gregory the Great.
St. Wolfgang. apostle of Hungary, was once Dean of Einsiedeln.
PILGRIMAGE TODAY the great Benedictine a Abbey has 200 monks, and an ancient tradition of learning and piety.
The tradition of pilgrimage to the Abbey goes back to the Middle Ages. One hundred and thirty thousand pilgrims are recorded as having visited the shrine during a fortnight's celebrations in 1466. The first recorded miracles took place in 1338.
This century has also seen large gatherings at Einsiedeln —for the consecration of Switzerland to the Sacred Heart, in. 1927, and in 1946 for the thanksgiving pilgrimage which was promised if Switzerland was spared the devastation of war,
The Abbey is a work of art. The twin towers and the sweeping arcades, the slanting roofs and gables all form a harmonious whole. the church lying exactly along the perpendicular axis and rising high above the other buildings.
WELCOME TO VISITORS
E INSIEDELN village has long ns` been used to visitors.
Around it there arc many beautiful walks in the valley, by the lake. and through the forest. There is also the Way of the Cross and St. Ciangulf's chapel—for many years a patron of pilgrims.
You can make also the traditional visit to the Benedictine Convent and see the Jerusalem panorama—a massive wall-painting reconstructing scenes of Our I .ord's death, and including in its scope such scenes as the Mount ot Olive, based on research and present-das observation in the Holy Land.
ST. GALLEN AS WELL
ST. GALLEN. to which (aturars. HERALD holiday pilgrims move after a few days at Einsiedeln, owes its existence to St. Gall. an Irish Missionary tone of the 12 disciples of St. Columbanus) who built his cell there in the high valley between 1.ake Constance and the Santis Mountains.
St. Gallen is famous for its library which houses many treasures including illuminated Irish manuscripts — one of them sinpassed only by the Book of Kelis.
This is another ideal centre for excursions or quiet strolls in the surrounding countryside.
THE cost of the CA-I HOLIC Hi-Hato Holiday and Pilgrimage has been kept especially low, being the first of its kind from England.
I he charge per person is 35 guineas. This includes return fare. excellent hotels, full board and all excursions to various parts of Switzerland.
The pilgrimage holiday will start from London on Monday, June 23. Travellers will stay at Einsiedeln until Sunday, June 29. They will then go on to St. Ciallen, another cathedral town, not far from Lake Constance, where they will stay until Friday, July 4, and ■ shence they will return to London.
High Mass at the Abbey has been arranged by the Abbot of Finsiedeln for Sunday, June 29, 1 east of SS. Peter and Paul.
During the stay at Einsiedeln a half-day excursion will be made to Mount Rigi, famous viewpoint on Lake Lucerne; a full day excursion to Ticino — the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland — and a visit will he made to the shrine of Madonna del Sasso at Locarno.
There will also be a full day visit to Lucerne—another popular holiday centre.
pROM St. Gallen, full day excur
sions will include Mount Santis and the Principality of Liechtenstein, where, if the Prince is in residence. he will personally receive all pilgrims.
From St. Gallen. too. there will he an afternoon boat trip on Lake Constance.
The excursions are optional but are included • in the inclusive price. If, however, anyone does not wish to go on any particular excursion. meals will, of course, be provided at the hotel. No refunds can be made on travelling costs,
The journey to Switzerland is 1,■ 2nd class rail. and boat from London, hut fiist class is available at extra charge.
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THIS holiday pilgrimage has been
designed by Swiss experts to see that visitors have the maximum benefit from their stay in Switzerland.
Not only will they see the best of Switzerland. but they will also have the opportunity of making a pilgrimage to Finsiedeln.
Readers who would like to know more about the pilgrimage are invited to write for further details to THE CATHOLIC HERALD, 67 Fleet Street, London. E.C.4, marking the envelope " PILGRIMAGE DEPARTMENT."