Revelation in the Choir

Cologne, Germany has been an important Catholic bishopric since the 3rd century, and boasts many fine churches. The Cathedral of Cologne, that slightly menacing, spiky, monster crouching next to the main train station, is only the most famous.

Cologne also boasts a dozen nice Romanesque churches within its city center, built between 900 and 1200. I find Romanesque churches soothing. They’re not intimidatingly huge, and the interiors are filled with pleasant, rounded forms like arches and cupolas, instead of Gothic gloom and pointiness. I usually try to visit one or two of these churches when I go to Cologne, which I did for New Years’. This time it was the St. Aposteln Church, located near the big Neumarkt transit hub.

Eur_view_of_hideous_altar_in_church_of_sSt. Aposteln is kind of unusual because it’s successully solved a tricky problems: tasteful modern church decoration. If you don’t have any 16th-century frescos on your walls, or if the ones you did got bombed, what do you replace them with? Good old-fashioned pictures of conventional blond Christs with flowing locks and Marys with blue vestments seem anachronistic and stodgy.

But then again, a pure abstract composition will outrage the reactionaries, and just don’t seem churchy enough. "See that floating field of red? That represents Joseph." The result, therefore, is usually some sort of unsatisfying combination of figural painting and abstraction. An example can be seen at the left, the altar of the Church of Saints Peter and Paul in the Roman suburb of EUR. A sort of horribly misguided arte povera mishmash that I calll The Redeemer of the Scrap Metal. Behold, and then avert your eyes!

But it can be done right, as St. Aposteln shows. During World War II, the 19th-century mosaics decorating the choir were severely damaged. The church authorities described this as good news, since the rather twee and saccharine mosaics looked extremely dated by the 1950s.

After what were probably dozens of  agonizingly long meetings and negotiations, the authorities finally decided to hire a ‘church painter’ named Hermann Gottfried to decorate the 3 conchas (or "half-cupolas") in the choir. Since the basic structure has been on this spot in Cologne for almost 900 years, Gottfried has to think about how people might view his work, say, 500 years from now. Assuming there aren’t any more world wars during that time, of course. Gottfried started his cycle of modern paintings, which are based on the Biblical Revelation to John, in 1988, and finished five years later. Here’s a page (G) with more information. St_aposteln_apse

The colors are mainly gray and blue, to fit the church’s subdued tone, but there are blazes of red (for the Woman Clothed with the Sun) and orange (around the Lamb). The composition makes fascinating use of the curved, recessed space provided by the cupolas. Energy-filled planes of abstract forms clash and meld. However, recognizable images (a lamb, a crowd of people, Mary) emerge from the abstraction. Some of the figures are surprisingly graceful, others distorted and slightly menacing, as befits this weird apocalyptic text. The picture at the right shows the painting behind the altar, which depicts the Throne of God. It’s completely abstract, but there are more figural paintings on the sides.

The paintings pulsate with energy and color, they blend beautifully with the church interior, and they have a challenging and not at all saccharine iconographic program. I emerged very impressed with Mr. Gottfried. Of course, my little picture really can’t do justice to the paintings, so next time you’re in Cologne, stop off at the Neumarkt station and see if you agree with me…

6 thoughts on “Revelation in the Choir

  1. I visited Koln in 1991, I think but I may not have seen St. Aposteln – or perhaps the paintings weren’t their. I did see a number of the famous Romanesque including St. Gereon??? I was very impressed with the stained windows. Very modern and abstract but beautiful. And quite fitting to the religious atmosphere. I’d like to return one day.


  2. Hi Andrew, This is an important message, please read and pass it along. God has made contact. The message is about Revelation. The message is from God, Jesus and the Holy Ghost respectively. It was sent in the Spring of 2006. It is about the meaning of First is Last and Last is First. The message is this: In the morning I go to Heaven. In the afternoon I live my life. In the evening I die, death. What does this mean? In other words this means Birth is Last and Last is Birth. To understand this don’t think from point A to point B. Think of this as a continous circle of life. Birth is First, Life, Death, Birth is Last, completing the circle. God also said that Judgment will be before Birth in Heaven. As birth on Earth is painful so will birth in Heaven. It is possible that this message was delivered by one of God’s Angels in the Spring of 2006. Yes, God has made contact and he sent a messenger. Spread this message along, just like a chain letter. Tell two people. OH, one more thing I thought was interesting. Did you know that Mike Douglas died on his birthday. Melanie Stephan


  3. Judging from her comment alone, Melanie Stephan is clearly in need of help. For more proof, simply perform a search using her name, and see all the similar comments on other blogs.


  4. Doug, Yes, I would like some help. Go forth and spread the message I wrote. Remember the message is from God, Jesus and the Holy Ghost. They are really the ones that need your help to get their message out, not me. So go forth. Melanie Stephan


  5. Read what God had to say during the month of Aug. 2007, on this website: Non-Prophet, Are you going to Hell? Here Melanie gives proof that God made contact in the story of 3 famous people: Mike Douglas, Merv Griffin and Nancy Reagan. Melanie also has linked Mike and Merv together before Merv dies on this site: ‘Melanie the Crackpot Christian – Escaped Mental Patient’. The proof is overpowering here. Enjoy!!


  6. God sees everything, doesn’t he?

    This is one small piece of proof that God talked to me:

    Like I said earlier, the Holy Spirit talked to me, besides his message about First is Last and Last is First, he had something to say about “Who Killed JFK”. Christ tells me that the man who shot JFK is a policeman. He also tells me the name of the shooter, but it is in a jumbled word. The word is “Fritters”. I see the name F. Ritter right off so I think that is the name of the killer. Now God has lots of other messages for me to figure out, so I put “who Killed JFK” on the back burner for over a year. A year or more later , just recently, I have more time to look for F. Ritter. I can’t find a policeman with that name who lived in Dallas, Texas in 1963. So I am searching for information about who killed JFK and there is a picture of a policeman by the name of J D Tippit. Now Tippit kind of looks like Ritter. Now I unjumble the letters of Ritter to get TIRRET. Now TIRRET looks more like TIPPIT. Now I make the R’s stand at attention, I get TIPPET. One problem is that the I and the E are not the same. So I do some research on the family name TIPPIT. Turns out that in the late 1800’s JD Tippit’s grandfather changed their name from Tippett to Tippit. So the next step I change the E to I. So Tippet is now Tippit.
    Now I have FS Tippit and JD Tippit. The first two initials are not the same. Next I go to Wikipedia, there I find; “Some thought that J D stood for “Jefferson Davis” however JD does not stand for anything”. That means his name is just J D. So the initials F S , do not stand for anything. I just have two initials that do not stand for anything. Are you following me?

    Next what does “FRITTERS” mean. If your following my thinking here, God is going to tell you what happened to JD Tippit after he was shot. Fritters are a dough that is deep fried. Bread also means body, like in the last super Christ takes the bread and says this is my body. Look in the dictionary, PIT means HELL. TIP means money paid, gratuity. There are other meanings to. These meanings tell a story.

    JD Tippits body (dough) is placed in the deep fryer (lake of fire). Now I think this clue (Fritters) was ingenius. After all God came up with it. I think he does have a sense of humor too. Kids now have a new game to play. They can play God. Pilsbury dough boy fry’s in the lake of fire. You get HELL! fry baby fry!

    If you think this is just crazy. Remember I am just the messenger. Jesus is the one that had to talk about JFK. So he had a reason for doing that. Only God knows who the killer is. This is proof that Christ talked to me and that is the reason he told me “Who killed JFK”. It is proof. I had forgotten about the case years ago. This is a cold case now, it been 45 years since the shooting.

    I also read the part about giving false prophesy. God says false prophets go to Hell or something like that. I only repeat what God told me. Now what I wrote above is from God. He told me who killed JFK in 2006. The above is not a lie or a joke and I am going to HEAVEN without fear.

    Before I forget. Gods messages usually have more than one meaning. F S could also stand for “Fence Shooter”.

    Who are the co-conspirators? Turns out that there are two policemen named Tippit, and one Tippett working in the Dallas police Department that same year(1963). Back to the clue word Fritters. That is plural, you know about plural. We have two fritters. The co-conspirators name is Gayle M. Tippit.

    Now the Dallas Police Departtment obviously covered up and framed Oswald. He was the Patsy. They did it cause it is very possible that one of the other police officers rushing to the scene saw Tippet fleeing the scene carrying a rifle. They covered it up because of the embarrassment of one of their own was the man that killed JFK? And the Warren commission must have also figured that out so they stuck with the Dallas Dept. story saying that it was Oswald. It could have been a National embarrassment. Now if you look at the evidence like I did. It is easy to see that the DAllas Police Dept tampered with the evidence over and over again. And they did a very bad job of it too.

    Now this is my opinion, not Gods. I think God is behind the creation of the Internet. I could never have been able to figure out a lot of his messages without the use of the Internet. People on the Net have been a big help to me. God talks to other people too, they just don’t know it. God let me know it was him.

    Now I just made solving the case of “Who shot JFK?”, look easy. I also gave you proof here. Did you see it? You ask where’s the proof. The proof is that it is impossible for anyone to repeat what I just did above. I mean try it. And I do that over and over again in all of God’s messages.
    See if you can make up a word that is a fried food (like fritters). Unjumble the letters to reveal the name of the killer (Tippit). Then divide the word Tippit into words that describe what happened. Tip- means that JD Tippit was paid for the job and the presidency was over turned. Pit – means that he went to Hell for what he did. Pit means the worst Hell.

    See if you can prove me wrong. Show me how easy it is to make up a name like “Fritters” that solves the crime. This clue is ingenious. God came up with the name “FRITTERS”. God is a genius, not me. I am only the messenger.

    Then the two remaining letters F. S. stands for Fence Shooter. It’s INGENIUS!

    Then on top of that it just so happens that there are two Tippit’s working in the Dallas Police Department in 1963. Fritters (plural) means we have more than one Fritter going in the deep fryer . The other shooter is Gayle M. Tippit. He goes to Hell too. Now I did some research on Gayle M Tippit. There is very little information on him unlike JD Tippit. In my search I found two Gayle Tippit’s still in Dallas. One died in 1967 and the other is married and still lives in Texas. So the other conspirator could still be alive and has managed to avoid detection.

    This is where it gets intesting. Does Gayle M. Tippit come forward and ask God to forgive him? I think he also has to ask the American people to forgive him for his part in the murder of the president or he gets the worst Hell just like JD did. God told me that waiting until the 11th hour is too late. God is forgiving, but you can’t wait until your on your death bed to ask to be forgiven.

    Now if Gayle M. Tippit wants to save himself from the deep fryer. (This could be a long fry, not a quick dip.) He has to come forward and ask to be forgiven. He still gets death or Hell but it won’t be the worst Hell. Just like the worst death is being crucified.

    Gods Messenger, Melanie

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