11 Days – Classical Europe
Budapest … Bratislava … Prague … Nurnberg … Rothenburg … Heidelberg
Rhine River Cruise … Neuschwanstein Castle and Oberammergau
Join Lutheran Church Charities President / CEO Tim Hetzner as he travels throughout classical Europe from August 4 to August 14, 2020. The group will be traveling to several locations in Europe including Hungary, the Czech Republic, Germany, and Slovakia. This historical journey will be highlighted by visits to castle areas, unique towns, and capped off by a performance of the Passion of Christ in Oberammergau.
Oberammergau Passion Play 2020
During the Thirty Years War the deadly plague raged throughout Europe, until in 1633 it reached even the tiny Alpine village of Oberammergau. During the next six months, so many villagers died of the Black Death, that the townspeople took a solemn Vow – if God would release them from the plague, they would perform once every ten years the story of the Passion of Christ. From the moment the Vow was taken, no one else in the village succumbed to the plague and so the first Passion Play was performed in 1634. What began as a single performance in the churchyard has developed over 380 years into a masterpiece of theater and music, with all the villagers involved either on stage or behind the scenes. For the Oberammergauers, the Passion Play is a labor of love and the Vow still has real meaning in their lives. And so they are now preparing for the Passion Play of 2020.