Singing at the foot of the cathedral

It is not all that unlikely that young people participating in a New Apostolic Day of the youth in Erfurt in Germany would come up with the idea of heading to one of the most magnificent festival stages by far to sing: the cathedral steps between the magnificent St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Church of St. Severus. This is exactly what German and South African youth did this year while in the city; they lit a musical beacon.

Young New Apostolic Christians came to the city of Erfurt for the district’s annual day of the youth, taking place from 14 to 17 May 2015. On Friday, the young people swarmed out by bus and tram on a city rally to explore the city’s highlights. The twelfth and final station was Cathedral Square. The youth arranged themselves on the hillside steps leading up to the cathedral and gave an hour-long concert. And smack in the middle of things was District Apostle Wilfried Klingler.

After trombones, trumpets, and German songs things took an international turn: young people from South Africa, who were participating in the Day of the Youth, presented songs and dances.

Gregor Arndt, dean of the Erfurt cathedral, wrote afterwards, “Cordial greetings from Cathedral Hill and thank you for the hour-long concert on the cathedral steps. I saw the concert as a common and visible Christian proclamation, given in a time which has otherwise become rather secularized. Thank you.”

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Oliver Rütten, Daniel Mauthe
Germany, Music, Congregational life