Edit: this is from the German district web-page on the historic meeting of Freemasons, for the first time taking place in a church.
[piusbruderschaft.de] Yesterday the main Protestant church in Hamburg, "St. Michealis Kirche", held a Freemasonic convent with ceremony.
Even though the "brothers" were strenuously advised that only limited press photos were allowed, one pius-info reader took some private photos.
Normally the church holds a Feastday protestant Liturgy, but clearly those responsible for church of St. Michaelis find the Freemasonic convent more important than their own community, which was in any case excluded from the event. (see photo)
It was the first time that such a Freemasonic ritual has taken place in a church in Germany.
The pius-info photography shows: "The ceremony of light with the giving of the candles follows the ritual wall conducted with much tapping and clapping three times to greet the brothers from abroad, alltogether very comical and middle-class, but deadly serious."
The following press release was to be read in the news "Die Welt":
1,500 Freemasons from all over the world conducted a solemn Masonic ritual in Hamburg's main church ST. Micehalis (Micheal). It was the high point of the celebration of the 275 year existence of German Freemasons -- in Hamburg, the first Masonic Lodge, "Absalom zu den drei Nesseln" (Absolom of the three Nettles) was founded.
It was the first time that so large a meeting of Freemasons took place in a Church, and the first time that the press could be present on Saturday during this important event. With this step, the Freemasons want to open themselves to more strongly to society.
(Die Welt, 9/29/12)
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Freemasonry has been condemned by the Church for centuries.
Link to piusbruderschaft.de...