"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Das Gänsebuch

The Geese Book
I found this story on The Lion and The Cardinal blog...
A book of liturgical chants, illustrated with geese, foxes, bears, dogs and cats, the Geese Book actually is a 500-year-old liturgical manuscript that once was used in Nuremberg, Germany...

[ASU professor Corine] Schleif discovered the Geese Book when she was a doctoral student...
The book was created by artists and craftsmen in Nuremberg to preserve the complete liturgy used in the parish of St. Lorenz, as it was sung by the choir of young adults and schoolboys. The book survived World War II and came came into the hands of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, whose founders trace their roots back to a patrician family in Nuremberg. The Kress Foundation helped the church rebuild after Nuremberg was bombed. In return, the church presented the Geese Book to the foundation. - Story 


  1. (I would like to read this, where did it go?)

    Catholic authorities online...
    posted by Terry Nelson at Abbey-Roads - 15 hours ago
    Nice work if you can get it... . Did you realize many Catholic bloggers have only been practicing Catholics - and/or *new* Catholics - for about as long as they have been blogging? Big hand for all the M...

  2. I love these old German pictures. It reminds me of when I was a child, my mom had a Grim's fairy tales book, complete with very similar pictures--Cinderella's step sister actually cut off a piece of her foot to make it fit into the glass slipper--the picture was of a blood oozing out of the slipper--very greusome. And there was a story I remember when some guy got all his fingers cut off--I can still see the pictures in my mind--those Germans were very visual.

  3. Belinda - I don't know - it's out there someplace - I love doing that.

    Tara - yes - the Germans... very scary people.


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