Farewell to Prince Armin
700 guests have attended to the funeak Service for Prince Armin zur Lippe in the in the Christ Church at Detmold. They have paid their last respects to the Head of the House of Lippe who died to the week before at the Age of 91.
Rangers hold the end of the solemn celebration during the blessing ceremony, the last guard of honor. Fold the great Lippe flag together that covers the coffin, and pass Prince Armin son, Stephan Prinz zur Lippe. Then the coffin is slowly lowered below the Altar . Prince Armin now rests in the family vault - where last 1980 his mother Anna was buried.
That there are six Rangers who keep guard of honor at the coffin by Bundeswehr soldiers and a delegation of the Shooting Society, closes the circle to the words of former Prime Minister Dr. Jürgen Rüttgers. He had previously spoken in his eulogy of how much the dead nature and creation have at heart - "he has always been committed to get them to the children." The flower arrangement under the windows, in the sanctuary and in the nave of the church - mostly there are white roses - remember the great love of the deceased.
So it may have been in his sense that the path from the street was lined to Pauline Church of wreaths and bouquets, provided with regards to the last great family, by municipalities, associations, institutions of all kinds.
Before full church and the 200 outdoors follow the service, it is possible Rüttgers, Dr. Armin, Prince of Lippe adequately appreciate. "We bow in gratitude to a great man," he says. A man who had been able to change just by his presence, the atmosphere of a room: "It was a lot friendlier, he joined."
Prince Armin was a Lipper under slippers, humorous, modest - and at the same time a successful entrepreneur, one who knew to preserve the assets of his house, and to multiply. Jürgen Rüttgers also recalls the commitment to the arts and culture, to use in many initiatives. "He was the center and role model of the country lip. You rejoiced when you met him. "
The service is graceful. Under the musical overall management Burkhard Gewekes the choir of Christ Church sings, it music Jens Schirpke on bass, John Pöld at the organ and students of the Academy of Music. Superintendent Dietmar Arends recites Psalm 91: "My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." And the congregation sings: "Everything thing but their day, God's great love forever."
Pastor Burkhard Krebber reminiscent of the deceased as an "attentive, criticism enabled sermon listener", which the Bible was a lifelong companion, the ecumenism was important, which "always critically, but without fear" have used for the common good. "The fact that he was buried here beneath the pulpit, which symbolizes: the life-giving Word of God extends beyond this world."
After the service, the family invites you into her garden at the Castle. It forms a long line of people; Dr. Traute Princess of Lippe, her son Stephan and his wife Maria have at this sad for them and hard, hot day for each of the Kondolierenden a word. The conversations revolve in friendly relationship to the deceased. A set can be heard again and again: You rejoiced when you saw Dr. Armin Prinz zur Lippe.