Ommeganck Lier Reviews
held every 25 years ... staying alive is the message! May 08, 2016
Ever since the 19th century, the city of Lier celebrates the canonization of their most infamous citizen being Saint Gummarus, who is still till this date the city's patron.
According the legend that goes around in the city, Gummarus was born at the end of the 7th, beginning of the 8th century and served as a knight at the court of Pippin of Herstal while at the same time was married to the malevolent Grimmara. During his many absences she ill-treated the servants and one day when her husband came home from his usual duties, he witnessed one of her many harassments and not sure what to do, he just left his wife and became a hermit.
Because of his hermit lifestyle, this now simple man earned his canonization just because of a few miracles which happened during this time in his life. I cannot put them all on here coz they vary from person to person, but a few of them remain always the same:
* when he slept under a tree, it was struck by lightning not soon after and not sure what to do, he put his belt around the felled tree and made sure it was brought back to bloom
*on one of his many walks he healed a deaf and dumb man and created a spring to quench the poor and thirsty.
Not sure what to believe, it seems that till this day, the people living in the city are sure these things really happened ... to each his own I always say.
Gummarus died on 11 October 714 in Emblem. After his death a village came into being around the place of worship and forty years after his death, in 754 he became canonized.
Every year on the first Sunday after 10 October, a procession in honor of Saint Gummarus is held and to make things even more special, every 25 years, not only this saint is celebrated, but the citizens of Lier even have a procession with giant puppets which are only to be seen on special occasions and can never leave the soil of Lier.
This sounded so spectacular and at the same time it was a nice opportunity for me to test some portret skills together with some friends.
Although I can't share the love for the citizens of Lier for their Giants as well as their Saint, I must admit that the Medieval festivities going on in town were more than worth while the visit and I can only hope that I can relive this moment 25 years from now ... see you all in 2040*!
*the parade was on 26th of September 2015!
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