Pastor Ellinghaus: Oktoberfest recharges people's batteries with joy of life
Pastor Sascha Ellinghaus, head of the Catholic Circus and Showmen's Chaplaincy of the German Bishops' Conference, celebrated the service in 2022 and, of course, also spoke about the past three years and what they meant, especially for the showmen and market traders:
"We feel what determined our lives before the pandemic. Today, we are learning to appreciate many things again from a different angle, and that is perhaps even a good thing, that we used to take for granted. Many, especially our showmen and women, the circus and market traders, have longed to be able to pursue their profession again. And visitors have also missed the Volksfest. The Wiesn recharges the batteries of many thousands of people with a zest for life again."
Representing the circus and showman chaplaincy of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), the leader, Pastor Torsten Heinrich, wished in his greeting a peaceful Wiesn and peace for near and far, not only at the Oktoberfest.