Bach’s Latin Mass in b minor for the Pope
Valuable Bärenreiter facsimile presented by the head of the Evangelical Church in Germany
On his visit to Germany, Pope Benedict XVI met the head of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) in the Augustinian Monastery in Erfurt at midday on
23 September, and following a discussion, jointly celebrated an ecumenical Liturgy of the Word. In this, Pope Benedict XVI read a prayer for Christian unity and gave the sermon. On the Pope’s departure, the chair of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany, Präses Nikolaus Schneider, presented the head of the Catholic Church with a valuable facsimile from Bärenreiter-Verlag: the manuscript of Johann Sebastian Bach’s B Minor Mass.
With this musical present, the EKD has built a bridge to the Catholic Church in the historic monastery in Erfurt where Martin Luther spent six years as a monk.