The mariengrotte on the right hand side at the entrance to tiefenbachtal is adorned with a beautiful flower arrangement. The furnishings of the small pointed-arched prayer house are simple and homely. The centerpiece is a life-size, youthful statue of the virgin mary, which looks down on the viewer from its pedestal in motherly goodness. For half a century, the treasure pocket embedded in a rock has invited people to pause and pray.
The gem in roblacher berg was solemnly consecrated in spring 1968 under father martin schneidtberger, SDB. This was the fulfillment of a heartfelt wish for the great marian devotee, who worked in steinberg from 1966 to 1972.
In front of the marian grotto, many believers of the parish gathered to celebrate the anniversary with a devotion and a procession of lights through the village. The prayers, impulses and songs carefully selected and compiled by the parish council made the devotion a moving experience. The harmonious singing of the liederkranz gundelsdorf and the atmospheric sounds of the musikverein steinberg contributed to this.
The solemn procession through the village was a living confession of faith full of moving moments of being on the way but also of pausing and coming to rest. A beautiful picture was presented when the ladies of the village carried the figure of the mother of god, decorated with flowers by anja muller, elke eidloth and elke haderlein, through steinberg on richly adorned floats. The procession of lights, led by the altar boys, was joined by the people of st. Mary’s, father waldemar, the steinberg music society and many believers. The path of the pilgrim people stretched across the meadow past the kindergarten and the TSV sports home to the eibigstrabe and the village cross back to the grotto.
The parish council and father waldemar were keen to thank monika jakob, kathi wachter and annemarie lang with an honorary certificate from the parish, as well as flowers and a gift. The "neighbors the grotto has been providing magnificent floral decorations for over 30 years in some cases. You can still remember how the statue of the virgin mary – the work of a portuguese sculptor – was brought to the parish church in a solemn annual procession in the fall and then back to the marian grotto the following spring. For many years the statue has remained in the grotto, where people meet annually to pray the rosary.
The festivities ended with the "angel of the lord" sounding in honor of the mother of god, a testimony of deep devotion to mary connected with many emotions.
At the end of the event, all believers were invited to a reception with sparkling wine, hot tea and nibbles, an offer that was gladly accepted.