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RELIGION

Religion played, and still plays a very important part of the Rural German life. How important was Religion and how did it affect the daily lives of the people of the German-Russian Volga Colonies?

I lived in the small, rural farming village of Hoppachshof, Kreis Schweinfurt, Bavaria, Germany for a little over two years. When I first arrived, I attended their annual community church party. Everyone in the village comes, and I do mean everyone. It was a great way to get to know the local people. In polite conversation, I was asked, "what religion are you?" It got kind of quiet around the table while they all waited for my answer. I replied that I was born and baptized a Lutheran. Dead Silence!.. Long extended pause!.. And then someone said, "Hoppachshof is a Catholic Village, but I was welcome to attend church anyway because a Lutheran is ALMOST a Catholic, and that after a while they would get me to come back to the Catholic side." With that, everyone laughed, and the fun continued. The nearest Protestant church (called Evangelical in Germany) was about 5 miles distant in a Protestant village. This illustrates the importance of RELIGION even today in rural Germany. Religion is a day-to-day part of their lives. The bells ring on the hour, and ring even more often to call the villagers to the church for worship.

For more on RELIGION see my first book 

ORIGINS & ANCESTORS FAMILY KARLE & KAISER OF THE GERMAN-RUSSIAN VOLGA COLONIES

For even more information on Religion see my second book

RELIGIONS OF GERMANY AND THE GERMAN-RUSSIAN VOLGA COLONIES

 

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