After the ordination, the community and guests were treated to a performance by a brass band from Deacon Placidus’ village in Bavaria. Below, Deacon Placidus answers some questions about their performance.
Ciao, Placidus. From where do you come?
I’m from Saaldorf, a village in the southeast of Bavaria, near Salzburg. We belong to the parish of St. Martin.
Why did the brass band come for your ordination? What is your relationship with this band?
I’ve played in the brass band for a long time. We are colleagues and friends.
What is this type of band called in German? Is this a Bavarian tradition?
The name of the brass band is Musikkapelle Steinbrünning. The brass band is from my village. It’s typical for the Bavarians. In Germany – or, better, in Bavaria – we call that type of brass band “Musikkapelle” or “Blaskapelle”. It’s a tradition to play a serenade at a feast, to honor a person. And it’s typical to ask the person they want honor to conduct.
How many people were in the brass band?
I don’t know exactly, hm, I think in Rome there were about 25 people.
How did they arrive in Rome? Where did they stay?
They organised a bus to travel to Rome. They stayed in a hotel between Circo Massimo and the Colosseo.
The Sant’Anselmo community would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to the new deacons and our thanks to all of their relatives, friends and confreres who made our celebration a truly memorable occasion. Special thanks especially to Mons. Georg Gänswein for his important presence at our Mass and his good cheer at our reception.