14 Holy Helpers Pilgrimage 2017 leads to Herforst
The one who comes here in full confidence, who kneels down and pleads, the 14 helpers bestead in his prayers.
Friday, April 28th, 2017, 08:00 pm
Opening ceremony of the pilgrimage weekend with family mass and candle light procession through Herforst followed by a gathering in the parish hall
Sunday, April 30th, 2017, 10:30 am
Pilgrim High Mass accompanied by the church choir
Sunday, April 30th, 2017, 02:30 pm
Pilgrim prayers with sacramental procession and blessing followed by coffee and cake in the parish hall.
Holy helper candles are available for purchase before and after the church mass.
14 Holy Helpers festival in Herforst from April 28th to April 30th, 2017
On the weekend of April 28th to April 30th, the Herforst parish community celebrates the well-known 14 Holy Helpers festival. Many pilgrims conclude their pilgrimage in the pilgrim church Herforst to ask the 14 Holy Helpers for help with their prayers.
The festival starts on Friday, April 28th, at 08:00 pm with a family mass. In the following, the candle light procession will lead, accompanied by the music club and the Herforst fire fighters, through the following streets:
St. Eligisusstreet, Maisbachweg, Rosen-, Wald-, Grünstreet, Dietzengarten, Römerstreet back to the church.
Conclusion: Te Deum and sacramental blessing.
We plan on a procession speed, which makes it possible for the elderly and people with a minor walking impairment to join us.
It would be very nice, if the houses along the path of the procession would be decorated with either candles or flags, as a sign of valuation.
The altar boys and girls will support you with the decoration, if needed.
Following the procession, the parish council invites everyone to the parish hall for a gathering. Small snacks and beverages are available here to regain strength. Please accept this offer and support the efforts of our volunteers.
The High Mass will start at 10:30 am on Sunday, April 30th. The Herforst church choir will accompany the mass under Mr. Steinbeuers lead. It would be appreciated, if not only nonresident pilgrims, but residents of our village would attend the mass.
The prayers will start at 02:30 pm. Subsequently, the sacramental procession, accompanied by the music club, the fire department and the flag bearers, among others, will lead through Römerstreet, Katzstreet, Linden- and Brunnenstreet back to the church, where the Te Deum and the sacramental blessing concludes the event. Here, we would also welcome a nice decoration with candles, flags or flowers along the procession path.
Afterwards, the parish council invites you for coffee into the parish hall.
Families and guests, which are not able to attend the coffee at the parish hall, have the chance to purchase cake for take-out starting at 01:30 pm.
The Herforst parish community cordially welcomes their parishioners and invites all pilgrims from the surrounding communities and especially the members of the parish communities to participate in this traditional festival.
In the Herforst pilgrimage church, St. Eligius, the figurines of the Holy Helpers are grouped around the altar for 185 years. Every one of them can be called upon for special wishes.