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Trier's 'Jesus tunic' ready for half a million pilgrims

The Local · 13 Apr 2012, 12:38

Published: 13 Apr 2012 12:38 GMT+02:00

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This is the first time for 16 years that the garment has been put on public show – this year marks the 500th anniversary of the first time it was shown, Judith Rott, a spokeswoman for the event told The Local.

Organizers said they were ready to deal with at least 500,000 visitors, after the last time the tunic was displayed, back in 1996, some 700,000 people came to see it.

Silvia Calderón Avila, a Bolivian nun, is a pilgrim who has travelled further than most to view the garment.

"For me it's a big religious experience," she said. For Robert Brancheau from Orlando, Florida in the US, the event is interesting "for historical reasons."

This is the 20th pilgrimage honouring "Tunika Christi". Last century the garment was shown in 1996, 1959 and 1933, Rott said.

Trier-based artist Helmut Schwickerath will again be displaying his alter housing the “holy underwear” of Karl Marx, Trier’s most famous son. Schwickerath says the long john display is intended as a provocative opposite to the Jesus tunic.

Trier's old town centre is decked out with flags and the pilgrimage's red and white garment logo. Hazelnut branches painted in bright colours adorn the square surrounding the town's cathedral.

Meanwhile, Trier's mayor, Klaus Jensen, is happy about the publicity Germany's oldest city is getting from the pilgrimage.

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And local businesses are pleased too. Uwe Bonnemann, the owner of a sweet shop near the cathedral, has concocted candles, chocolates and pralines with the holy garment motive.

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15:30 April 13, 2012 by Sayer
Bread and circuses to keep the plebs happy, selling them Jesus-tunic candles, chocolates and pralines. There are 95 Theses already written and waiting to be nailed to the front door of Trier Cathedral. Any takers?
16:24 April 13, 2012 by Bruno53
Does it say somewhere, "I wore this tunic, Jesus"? I doubt it.
18:08 April 13, 2012 by Englishted

No it does not but I may go just to see something that wasn't made in China.

Only joking ,i would never go somewhere to be have the wool pulled over my eyes.
20:45 April 13, 2012 by Hamster3

Martin Luther had commented on the Trier Tunic already before 1546:

Quoting from "Der Spiegel", 15.4.1959 (sic!)

Martin Luther sprach von der "großen Bescheißerey" und nannte den "Teufelsmarkt zu Trier" ein "verführlich, lügenhaft und schändlich Narrenspiel".
20:59 April 13, 2012 by osas1212
How can someone who never existed wear anything?
21:27 April 13, 2012 by Sayer
@Hamster3: Thanks for that. Much appreciated.

@ osas1212: You need to do a little more research before you comment. The man existed. How that is reported......
22:27 April 13, 2012 by Englishted
Please Sayer show me where you found your "fact" that he existed.

Because I have yet to see it.
02:16 April 14, 2012 by yuri_nahl
After Luther nailed his "95 Feces" to the door of the church, flies descended on the door, ripped it from its' hinges and flew away with it.

But really, it is a good opportunity to see if Jesus wiped his nose on the sleeve and left and "Godly DNA'' on it. If it were so, perhaps a new Jesus could be cloned, and then the world could be evangelized by a real albeit cloned Jesus.

In any case, I think this is a good opportunity to sell some "Shroud of Turin" kitchen curtains and table cloths.

For the truly devout, the "toilet seat of thorns" which would allow combining pinching off a loaf with some suffering for your sins.
12:30 April 14, 2012 by Sayer
@Englishted: The man, Jesus of Nazareth, is documented in various texts of the day, notably in two juxtaposed views of the world: Pliny the Younger, a Roman historian, and also by Josephus, a Jewish historian. He also gets mention in the Dead Sea Scrolls, an Essene set of texts. 3 independent sources which may or may not have know of the others. That is just the story of the man who existed. For the faith based texts, that research will have to be something you do on your own. Please, to deny that the man existed is up there with the other kind of denial that is illegal in Germany. Whether you believe in his divinity, that, Englishted, is entirely up to you.

@yuri_nahl: Luther's act of October 31 1517 was the beginning of the emancipation of thought in Europe. Too bad you seem to fail to take advantage of that gift.
14:51 April 14, 2012 by Grebo
Jesus would had preferred us to be more focused on our fellow humans than on worldly objects.
17:19 April 14, 2012 by Englishted

What to deny a man who is NOT in any text written in what would have been his "lifetime" is the same as Holocaust denial, do me a favour.

The various text you refer to were written long after the "events" and are as such hearsay .

It is now only 32 year since Brian walked the earth so in another 100 years it can be written that he was a historical fact and people in 2000 years can prove it by quoting the sources.

But as you say believing this "is entirely up to you."
23:47 April 14, 2012 by Sayer
@Englishted: It is plain to the intelligent observer that you partake of a certain plant not altogether sanctioned in Germany, and good luck to you. Might I suggest a favorite of my Canadian contemporaries? It's called "BC Bud." Maybe a half-hour with this inducer, and a little alone time, you could actually meet the JC in question up font and personally, the one you so sincerely doubt. And then, if his Mother and Mary permit, you could "Look on the bright side of life?" Do-do-do-do-te-doo!
09:34 April 15, 2012 by Englishted
intelligent observer -----Canadian

Something just does not add up here.
23:56 April 20, 2012 by yuri_nahl
@Sayer. I am aware of Martin Luther's contribution to freedom of thought in Europe. I have therefore decided to use that freedom to express my sense of humor. I found Luther's revelation when he observed the Pope being carried around by 50 slave priests to be pretty funny. That's why he nailed his 95 feces to the church door. Although it must have been in winter when the feces were frozen, otherwise they'd have splattered all over the place. I know about the "30 Years War", and the "Defenestration of Prague", which is hilarious, also the "Second Defenestration of Prague" which I think is great too because those flung out the windows landed on a pile of manure. The pile of manure saving the lives of those thrown out in at least one instance.

The weird thing is: this was the most devastating war in European history, and it's a religious war! An example of what religion can do for the average Joe. But even weirder: an article in Spiegel about how in Germany there are still days when the citizens can't dance! And how some bishop was ranting about attempts to get the law repealed. So it's that old time religion I think.
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