Anne is the glorious tree from which bloomed a twig under Divine influence. She is the sublime Heaven from whose heights the Star of the Sea neared its rising. She is the blessed barren woman, happy mother among mothers, from whose pure womb came forth the shining temple of God, the sanctuary of the Holy Ghost, the Mother of God!
We put the boys to work hauling all the items we would need for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in a wagon... along with a keyboard (organ). We know how to travel!
The sign claims it is 1/4 mile to the Chapel. I believe that is if you were to take an elevator straight up into the sky, that the hill is that high. Otherwise it is by far the longest 1/4 mile I have ever marched. Or... maybe it said 1.4 miles. I just know that it is a long distance, especially with a 32 pound fatling on your back.
Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.
The boys preparing the altar and vestments for Mass.
My Lord and My God!
My Lord and My God!
The following information about Our Lady of Ast is taken from HERE, please take the time to read it in its entirety, it is very interesting!
The legend tells of a countess from the castle Schwarzenwihrberg (near Rötz) who traveled on a hot summer day from Bohemia (Šumava) to the Oberpfalz. On the way, the horses of the carriage became tormented by flies and mosquitoes and veered off the road. It was feared the carriage would be demolished as the horses began to run out of control over meadows and fields. In her distress, the countess called upon God and the Virgin Mary for help. She promised Our Lady that, in her honor, a chapel would be built at the site where journey would end happily. Suddenly the horses stopped
safely on a small hill. The countess gave orders to begin the building of a new church.
While cutting trees for lumber for the new church, workers discovered a picture of the Mother of God with Child on the branch of a tree. This branch was then built into the church, and the church was given the name "Zu unserer lieben Frau von Ast" (To our dear Lady of Ast) "Ast" in English means "branch." The miraculous picture took a place of honor inside the new church. For many years, people made pilgrimages to the church in Ast.
In 1576, Calvinists took over the parish at Ast, and all of the Catholic parishioners needed to belong to the Calvinist religion. Because they didn't agree with Calvinism, farmers often refused to pay taxes to the Calvinists. It was in 1616, still during the Calvinist time, when the original miraculous image from the 1409 legend was destroyed by Calvinists along with other paintings. Altars were moved out of the church, and organ music ceased. Crosses were broken and metal items were melted, including candle holders and the monstrance.
After Reformation in 1626, the church at Ast was once again Catholic. Because of the Thirty Years' War (from 1618 to 1648), it was a long time until pilgrimages returned to Ast. In 1665, the church was remodeled, and about 1720-1730 a baroque altar was installed.
Another item associated with the legend of 1409 was a horseshoe found in a swamp from one of the runaway horses. The horseshoe, representing the frightened horses of the countess, was placed over the door in the church at Ast.
My loving Mother, obtain my request. I will try to imitate your virtues so that I may one day share your company and bless you in eternity. Amen
More pictures to come when I receive the pictures from the photographer who was there.
To St. Anne, God has given the power to aid in every necessity, because Jesus, her Divine Grandchild according to the flesh, will refuse her no petition, and Mary, her glorious daughter, supports her every request. Those who venerate good St. Anne shall want for nothing, either in this life or the next.
Abbot Trithemius b.1462A.D.