For the occasion of the public and official celebration of the Grand Duke’s birthday, Luxembourg’s Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich held the annual “Te Deum” at the City’s cathedral on Thursday.
And the arrival at the cathedral was a veritable fashion parade of hats. While some of the women sported discrete and elegant hats, others braved a touch of originality.
Inside the cathedral, a ceremony of thanksgiving was preceded by a moment of interfaith prayer.
In his sermon, Luxembourg’s Archbishop emphasised the important roles non-governmental organisations, sports and cultural associations play in society. “They contribute to social cohesion, which in a society prone to pronounced individualism becomes paramount”, he said.
Referring to religions in Luxembourg Hollerich stated, “we need ideals and visions for our country.”
The archbishop concluded his sermon in reference to proposals for the separation of Church and state. “If we talk about the separation of Church and state, that is one thing. But I cannot agree with a separation between religion and society. This decision must be carefully considered. And since we are in a church, I think I can conclude by saying, Amen. “