Sunday, April 27, 2008

German College during the German Pontificate...


Everyone has seen the old Teutonic College in the Vatican City. But here's the other one in Rome all carved in travertine: Collegium Germanicum et Hungaricum de Urbe.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Isn't this the German College where the seminarians used to wear the scarlet red cassocks with black sash and saturnos?

My Dad took some old movies when he was in Rome during Holy Year 1950 (I would have loved to have been alive to see the magnificent ceremonies of Holy Year 1950 under Venerable Pope Pius XII, instead of seeing the improvised, fabricated services of 8 years ago). In the films are several shots of seminarians from the German Seminary, in red cassocks.

I understand that they discontinued wearing them long ago, as did mostly all of the seminaries in Rome. Now the few remaining seminarians in Rome are in layclothes (UGH!).
Just a thought, but maybe they would have a flood of seminarians (insead of the trickle now), if they returned to wearing their traditional cassocks....and restored other traditions as well...including the Mass.

JPSonnen said...

yes, these are the guys who wore the red. in the lobby of this collegio one can see a painting which depicts some of the seminarians in the red back in the day.

i guess the romans with affection called them the "crabs" and so missed the red during the war that just after they voiced their wish to see it again and so they brought it back in '46 or '48...