Mecklenbecker Strasse 347, Muenster, North Rhine-Westphalia, 48163, Germany
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Munster - History III
Commune of Munster (Kommune von Munster) left an appreciable trace in its history. The commune was established in the city by the authority of Anabaptists. They proclaimed, that a person should be christened again already at conscious age.
In 1534 Anabaptists got the majority in the city council and expelled from the city everyone who did not share their religious beliefs. The authority was concentrated in hands of "the main prophet" of Anabaptists - John Matiss. After his dearth there was John Leiden in the head of the commune who proclaimed himself as the tsar of "New Zion" (Anabaptists named Munster by such a name) and the future lord of the world.
The city was proclaimed the uniform commune of "true Christians". The city had to play a role of a stronghold of the future world "thousand-year Christian empire". Medieval communards socialized property, abolished money, forbade trade, ordered labor duty and polygamy. The commune of Munster held on till summer of 1535 when the city was grasped by armies of bishop, and its leaders were executed.
Grave Chapel of Sister M. Euthymia
The field with the graves of the Clemensschwestern (Sisters of St Clement) in Zentralfriedhof has long rows with little tombstones that are all alike. All except one. One of the nuns got a special grave in a modern glass chapel which is visited frequently by faithful catholics who leave candles and flowers and “Thank You” gifts. One of them, Sister M. Euthymia, was beatified under Pope John Paul II, so her grave became a pilgrimage destination.
Life of Sister M. Euthymia
Emma Offing was born in Halverde (Steinfurt district) in 1914. In 1934 she joined the order of the Clemensschwestern in Münster and received the name Euthymia. There she became a trained nurse. During the war she took care of prisoners of war and forced labourers. These called her “Angel of Love”.
In 1948 she returned to Münster and took the direction of the laundry of convent and hospital. Despite a lot of work she remained the friendly sister who had a smile and a good word for everyone and helped everyone who asked her to. She spent a lot of time in prayer.
In 1955 she died of cancer. Since her death people have been praying for her intercession with the Lord.
Sister M. Euthymia was beatified in Rome on October 7, 2001.
(Translated by yours truly from the board outside the chapel)
Trains to Münster
1. Münster main station, with bicycles
2. Main station with one of the entrances to the bicycle station
3. Upstairs in the Regional Express train from Münster to Mönchengladbach
I went to Münster on a direct ICE train (InterCityExpress) from Frankfurt am Main, with stops at Frankfurt Airport, Mainz, Koblenz, Bonn, Cologne, Wuppertal, Hagen, and Dortmund.
This is the scenic route up the Rhine River Valley and takes over four hours, but there are also faster connections via the new high-speed route if you don't mind changing trains once or twice.
I left Münster on a Regional Express train headed for Mönchengladbach (third photo).
Dom: Treasure Chamber
The treasury of the cathedral has moved into a modern museum building behind the cloister in 1981. The exhibition is divided into three parts: Relics and reliquaries, the veneration of saints in Münster’s cathedral on the ground floor, the liturgy and liturgical vestments are displayed in the basements, the art history and architecture of the cathedral are presented on the first floor.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 11:00 – 16:00
The Town hall is in central street - Prinzipalmarkt. It has the highest gothic facade. The burgomaster and the city council of Muenster sit there.
However, the ancient oak boardroom is opened for all and works as a museum. Westfallen peace treaty was signed in this hall in 1648 after Thirty-year war.
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