Religion: Bowed Heads

Germany's traditional and somber Repentance Day, almost forgotten under the Nazis, was celebrated with special fervor this year. Portly, bald Theology Professor Heinrich Vogel of the University of Berlin wrote a special prayer for the occasion. In the Evangelical churches (about 1,500) of Berlin and Brandenburg synod, German heads bowed piously to its words:

"God has made us as dirt and dung among the nations. . . . We are deserving of all that is happening to us at this time. It is our, fault, our great fault. . . . O God ....

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