Grenadiers of God

Has anyone not heard of the Lötschental Grenadiers of God? Along with the womenfolk in their brightly-coloured Lötschental traditional costumes they have been part of the solemn processions held on Christian holidays since time immemorial. A piece of living culture that is still celebrated today with love and a sense of honour and one that the locals are happy to share with visitors to the valley. The Grenadiers of God can be seen taking part in the processions on the Feast of Corpus Christi, on Benediction Sunday (the Sunday following Corpus Christi), at dedication services (these vary from village to village), to celebrate the arrival of a new priest and during "Primiz" celebrations (to celebrate the first mass of a recently ordained priest from the Lötschental).

Today, as each of the Lötschental villages forms its own parish, these processions with the Grenadiers of God take place in each of the villages in the valley (Ferden, Kippel, Wiler, and Blatten). In the morning, the Grenadiers of God take part in mass and the following procession; in the afternoon they take part in a parade that has a more cosmopolitan character. During their second appearance, the village flag and sometimes also the valley flag are flown to the accompaniment of the local music society.

 

History

These "red soldiers" are a legacy from ancient soldiering days. For centuries many residents of the Lötschental have made a living for themselves in far-flung countries...

Uniform

The Grenadiers of God are always dressed as follows: with white breeches and scarlet tunics with gold buttons and epaulettes, with white crossed holders for swords and cartridge bags...

Dates 2016

26 May 2016 Feast of Corpus Christi 29 May 2016 Benedictine Sunday Service of Dedication in Kippel Service...