1889 Einsiedeln



Actual 45 mm size by C. Theiler, Luzern / Vasco L Schlutter, Genf 

Obverse.

She stands, crowned and draped simply in soft gentle robes lay bare of feet, the allegory of the affectionately revered Venerable Black Madonna of grand olden St. Meinrad chapel, in charming elegance gracefully bestowing joyous refreshments to one of weary huntsman of lovingly winery produce of mid-medieval ages the eminent Benedictine Einsiedeln Abbey.

Most gladsome welcomed, acceptance with utmost unfeigned gratitude by the one mirthful partaker of once the shot compete, raises his hand the chalice goblet, retrieve of fineness sustenance, His Hat places on the flora scrubs at his side, for he is at ease in Her care. Hand enfolds the muzzle front-sight, hat off in profound heartening respite, to kindly hospitality bestowed.

Glorious Cross, brightening inconspicuous behind, with stylized rays brilliantly around highlight of such the very kindness of deed, of virtues of brotherhood, truly uninhibited caring for fellow kinships indeed.

Heraldic blazon of Schwyz - Gules, a Confederate Cross cooped in the hoist argent; gentle bevel by Her side, of trees portrayal the forested landscapes of the canton.

Inscriptions

"Einsiedeln" - "the Hermitage"

Reverse.

Of grand olden massifs Kleiner Mythen (left) and Grosser Mythen (right) silent watching, ages passing of many chronicle times, bearing witness to the annuls of history, the Einsiedeln townships living.

Great Venerable Benedictine Einsiedeln Abbey of many ages past, tens centuries past stood well, with the Grosser-Saal Grand Hall by its side.

Across the banner adorned above the massifs, noble blazons emblems of district towns; namely of Schwyz and Einsiedeln at center, and right of Höfe and March, and finally of left Gersau and Küssnacht.

Inscriptions.

Den "Inneren" Wie Den "Aeussern" In Treue Die Wald Statt - The "Inner" as well as the "Outer" in faithful the forest place.

Background.

Einsiedeln Abbey, is a Benedictine monastery (establish 934 AD) in the village of Einsiedeln, in Canton Schwyz. The abbey is dedicated to “Our Lady of the Hermits”; the title being derived from the circumstances of its foundation, for the first inhabitant of the region was Saint Meinrad, a hermit.

Toward the end of the 8th century, a monk named Meinard (c. 797 – 21 January 861 AD) went searching for greater solitude to practice his religious beliefs. Arriving at the place, which is now Einsiedeln, he entered the Dark Forest and built a small hermitage. Among his few possessions was a statue of Virgin Mary given by an abbess from Zurich. Meinard became known for his piety and kindness, and his statue was said to possess miraculous powers.

One particular feature made the Madonna stand out from all others. It was black. Local folklore claimed that years of candle smoke had darkened the statue. Before long the ebony figurine gained a reputation for having a magical aura. Meinard made his Black Madonna his altarpiece and, mythology grew about many miracles attributed to “Our Lady of Einsiedeln.”

One day St. Meinard rescued two ravens that were being attacked by hawks and the ravens became the monk’s allies for the remainder of his life. Two thieves murdered the saint in 861 during a robbery attempt. As they fled into the village, the ravens followed them, squawking loudly until the killers were apprehended at a nearby inn by the alerted townspeople.

St Meinard’s life and death, his particular willingness to offer hospitality to all (including those whom he knew would take his life), made him became known as the “Martyr of Hospitality”.

Over the next 80 years, the hermitage was occupied by a succession of hermits. The area became known as Einsiedeln or “The Hermitage.” One of the monks, named Eberhard, erected a monastery, Einsiedeln Abbey, and became its first abbot.

During those decades, St. Meinard’s tiny hermitage was transformed into the Lady Chapel, which said to have been consecrated by Christ himself in 948. Now completely enclosed in the Lady Chapel within the nave of the magnificent Baroque basilica of the expansive abbey of Einsiedeln, the Black Madonna is praised daily by the monks at 4:30 pm. This is an on-going ritual that has taken place for 400 years.

In memory of, the very kind deeds of Saint Meinard known affectionately as the “Marty of Hospitality, his revered Black Madonna statue, and the famous landmark Benedictine Einsiedeln Abbey of Einsiedeln.


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