Christmas eve is supposed to be a time for reflection. In the case of spiritual, the 24. December can also quickly become a stressful affair. "With six parishes, I really do have services everywhere", says father helmut haagen, who has led the pressig, posseck, rothenkirchen parish association since 2001. "But it’s now the first year that I’ve had not three christmas masses, but only two."
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In the protestant church, the situation is not very different. Christoph teille took over the evangelical church congregations of weibenbrunn and hummendorf six years ago and preaches at three services on christmas eve. Followed by two more on christmas day. Then we have a pulpit swap, which for me means I don’t have to prepare a new sermon.
In a double interview on infrankenplus (free of charge for subscribers), the two clergymen talk about the importance of christmas for them, how churchy it actually still is, and what they think about the fact that the church pews are only full at easter or on christmas eve.