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Silly Tuesday: The Domschweizer
Agreed, this photo isn't particularly funny and just a maverick in the Silly Tuesday collection. But I associate it with a little story I want to share with you:
A Kirchenschweizer (a word I didn't find a translation for) is part steward, part security guard, part caretaker in a church. When Swiss men were taking to the road in former times, they often brought themselves into service for various principals, for example in the church's service. The Papal Swiss Guard in the Vatican is one of the remnants of this time, the downsized version in Cologne is called Domschweizer. The photo shows one at tidying the candles in Cologne Cathedral.
One day, when my wife and me had a visit at Cologne Cathedral, one of them composed himself to close one of the small side chapels. But two women were still sitting there, one of them being a nun, engrossed in prayer. This is quite common in a church, so the Domschweizer snapped at them: Wenn'se beten wollen, jehen Se zu Andreas! - If you wanna pray, head for Andreas! - meaning they should switch the location of their worship to the smaller church St. Andreas that is located opposite to the Cathedral!
I can't fail to note that the quality of the churchly ground personnel has greatly suffered.