The solemnity of the assumption of mary is celebrated in the pilgrimage church of maria limbach as the highest mary’s feast day. Many devotees of mary visit the shrine. In addition to the fub pilgrimages of the parishes from zell/ebersberg and the schleichach villages, pilgrims come to fub on bicycles and cars, and also from further away on buses, to ask the mother of god in prayer for her intercession.
In addition to the pilgrimage services and the solemn high mass, the procession to the little fountain of grace and around the pilgrimage church is the annual highlight of the festivities of maria limbach. The procession was led this year by the local pastor otmar pottler, as well as the two priests from limbach, ludwig schuhmann and alkuin mahr, who carried the holy of holies under the baldachin.
Before the blessing of the faithful at the little fountain of grace, pastor otmar pottler recalled the miraculous healings in maria limbach recorded in the church books. Then it was 1726, when the village of limbach was struck by a terrible epidemic. Among those affected was a pious woman named katharina schwalbinger, who had gone blind. Believing in the mother of god, she washed her eyes with the water she found near the sanctuary and was soon able to see again. Even a wasting art customer viering, finding no more water, used the healing moist earth and got well. Similarly, a konrad vogel from eltmann, who had suffered from thick knees since childhood, was relieved of his suffering by the water at the pilgrimage church and by his faith in the mother of god of limbach. Furthermore, according to pastor pottler, it is noted in the books that many of those who had been ill until then returned fresh and healthy from maria limbach, strengthened by their faith. Thus the gnadenbrunnlein has its very special history and meaning around the pilgrimage church maria limbach.
Before blessing the believers and the fountain of grace, pastor alkuin mahr pointed out that in today’s world the light of faith has been extinguished in many people. He asked our lady of limbach to give believing hearts to all the faithful who have come to limbach in her honor and to give them the light of faith, hope and love.