World Heritage・Wies Church
Joint ceremony・Conculusion of Friendship
June 7th(Mon), 2004
Under the serene blue sky, as name of Wies Church(=Church on the plain), green is spread over, and white wall of church
is brilliant. In such place, the curtain of ceremony rised on 行道(=parade of Buddhist). Father atlended at our ceremony
and said prayer together. Sublime Fresco in the church impressed participant's heart for being felt artist soul the very
We thought we want to be more deeper and deeper interchange so as to build a bridge for coming true peace of
world and salvation of people exceeding difference of country and religion like a drawing rainbow in the heigh-ceiling of
〜Pilgrimage church of the "Scourged Saviour〜
In the year 1730 Father Magnus Straub and Brother Lukas Schweiger ofPremonstratensian monastery of Steingarden contructed
a figure for the Good Friday Procession. This figure, which was to represent Jesus as the"Scourged Saviour",
was put together with pieces from other wooden figures, its joints were covered with linen and paint. This statue, covered
with blood and wounds, caused by its pathetic appearance alone so much pity among the pious folk that it was not used in the
procession and was banned to the attic of the monastery's inn until 1734. It was from this attic that Maria Lory, the
landlord's niece, took the figure of the "Scourged Saviour" to her farmhouse in the Wies where it wa greatly
revered by Maria Lori and her husband. On the evening of the 14th of June, 1738, Maria Lori noticed "several drops in
the face of the likeness which she took for tears". In great dismay, she told the Abbot of Steingaden about this event.
The church was at that time not particularly critical about the all too human desire for a miracle which often comes up at
such events. It was these tears, in solidarity with human tears, which formed a mysterious attraction and the beginning of a
pilgrimage movement which, within a few years, had spread throughout Europe and necessitated the construction of a new church.
In the Wies Church the art of rococo has reached a unique state of absolute perfection. With all its apparent lightness and
grace typical of the rococo style, the Wies Church is nonetheless characterised by a profound spirituality and is defined by
the greatness of its theological themes.
In the year 1983, this masterpiece created by brothers Dominikus and Johann Baptist Zimmermann of Wessobrunn was included in
the UNESCO's list of Cultural Heritage Buildings thus also receiving international recognition today.