683 Steinbach Nutcracker St. Antonius
Near our post-war home is the Elmwald.
There, not far from the town of Königslutter, is a memorial stone in
remembrance of the peculiar “letters of indulgence”, which used to
be sold by the Dominican monks in the middle ages.
According to the belief of that
time, by buying such a letter of indulgence one was redeemed from all
worldly and ecclesiastical sins. According to history the stone recalls
a robber knight, who not only bought piously for past sins — no he
bought another ‘letter” for future sins (for double the fee of
course). Now the knight was free for the past and future. Then he
proceeded to steal the monk’s heavy money box and cunningly offered
his “letter of indulgence” in exchange.
This was ultimately the reason why the
church reformer Dr. Martin Luther born 500 years ago nailed his 95
famous theses to the door of the Schlol3kirche at Wittenberg in 1517.
— The Reformation began. — “When the coin in the coffer rings, the
Soul from purgator springs” hasn’t in fact existed since then, but
our ANTONIUS is still good enough to forgive your little sins.
Start him up to play his “Ave Maria”!
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