Benedictine Abby Celebrates 850 Years

MARIA LAACH, Germany, AUG. 25, 2006 ( The Benedictines of Maria Laach, in the Rhineland, Germany, will celebrate their abbey’s 850-year anniversary.

Bishop Reinhard Marx of Trier will preside at the Eucharistic celebration, with Archabbot Theodor Hogg of Beuron as concelebrant.

After the Mass, the monks will welcome the prime minister of Rhineland-Pfalz, Kurt Beck, and listen to an address of the president of the German Parliament, Norbert Lammert, entitled “In the Middle of This World: the Church in Time, Time in the Church.”

A two-volume commemorative work of texts and pictures of the Abbey, produced by Father Angelus Haubling and Father Augustinus Sander, both Benedictines, will also be presented.

The Benedictine abbey of Maria Laach was founded in 1093, and was consecrated on Aug. 24, 1156.