Karwoche (old high German “kara” = complaint, grief, mourning) or also holy week (lat.: Hebdomada Sancta) is the designation of the mourning week before Easter, the last week of the chamfering or passion time. The designation „Karwoche “is the traditionally German thereby. In othersLanguages she is called „large ones “or derived from that traditionally latin designation also „holy week “.
The Karwoche covers the quiet days Monday to Wednesday and the actual Kartage Green Thursday, Karfreitag and Karsamstag. It begins at the Palmsonntag with the memory of the introduction Jesu in Jerusalemand by means of the Green Thursday evening, in which the installation of the Eucharistie / the communion is celebrated , Jesu at the Karfreitag reaches its high point in the memory of cross death. It flows at the end of the Karsamstags into the celebration of the Easter eight.
The Karwoche still was to inthe fifties 20. Century in far parts of Germany one „closed “time, in which public festivenesses and entertainments did not take place.
customs in the Karwoche
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in accordance with centuries an old custom are silent this very day in all catholic churches from mourning around suffering and dying Jesus Christ of the Gloria of the measuring celebration in the evening Green Thursday up to the Gloria in that Easter eight the bells. As replacement impact boards, are used a rattling and similar wood tools in order to remind the Gläubigen of the prayer and service times. Finally the church-bells were in former times for many humans the most important time indicator. Also the clips, which ring out otherwise in the church, are by suchRattle replaced.
An old catholic custom in Austria, bathing and Bavaria is the Oster ratchets, whereby instead of the ring of the bells children or Ministranten with wood ratchets go through the roads or from house to house. Admit are in monastery new castle tower ratchets. This custom is also common in Rhineland-Palatinate, there however „rattling “one calls.
Frequently one assumes, the origins of rattling and rattling for the end of the Karwoche would lie in pre-Christian time, and its purpose had been it once to drive the spirit out of the winter with noise thereby springto draw in can.
Likewise as mourning around suffering and dying Christi are played also between the Gloria at the Green Thursday and the Gloria in the Easter eight no organ or other music instruments. Instead in this time the services are arranged in music A cappella.
because the bells from Green Thursday to Easter eight not rung out, told one itself in former times and sometimes also this very day,that the bells would fly them to Rome, thus by the Pope would be gesegnet there over to sound again new. With the Mainzer writer Adam Gottron is to be read against it, those bells in Rome butter milk would drink to get.