Oktoberfest - ein Fest der Landeshauptstadt München
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The Wiesn church service 2019

The traditional church service at the Oktoberfest

26 Sep
Marstall Festzelt
The ecumenical church service at the Oktoberfest is aimed at festival workers — but Wiesn visitors are also invited to pray for a peaceful Wiesn together.

Prayer instead of beer at the Marstall festival tent

The Wiesn church service is a longstanding tradition at the Munich Oktoberfest. It was held for the first time in 1956 by the head of the Catholic circus and festival workers’ chaplaincy, Father Heinz Peter Schönig. The service itself is ecumenical and is conducted by Catholic and Protestant ministers. The service is primarily aimed at Wiesn staff, and commemorates showmen, market sellers and Wiesn landlords who have passed away. The church service also offers christenings, first communions and confirmations to children of showmen. The service is publicly accessible and also caters to visitors of the Oktoberfest. Entry is, of course, free of charge. The Wiesn church service traditionally takes place on the first Thursday of the festival. From 1956 to 2013, it was held at the hippodrome. In 2014, the service was held at Fischer Vroni. Since 2015, it has found a new home at the Marstall festival tent. There, attendees pray for a peaceful Wiesn together.

The Wiesn church service at a glance

  • Date: first Thursday of the Wiesn
  • Time: 10 am
  • Venue: Marstall festival tent
  • Who is it for? Festival workers, landlords and market sellers – but open to everyone
  • Confession: Ecumenical