The church bears the patronal feast of St. Liutwin and is listed in the list of monuments of the Saarland as a single monument. The church is the destination of the Lutwin pilgrimage, which took place over centuries and has been revived since the early 2000s.
February 19, 2019
Parish Church of St Lutwinus
The Church of St. Lutwinus is a Roman Catholic parish and pilgrimage church in Mettlach. Probably around the year 675, Lutwinus (also Liutwin / Leodewinus), who came from the Franconian nobility, founded the Abbey of St. Peter and Mary as a monastery in Mettlach the year 696 came after the death of his wife. The legend reports that Lutwinus rested on a rock high above the river on a hunting trip near the Saar loop and fell asleep. An eagle flew over and stayed in the air above the sleeping man, protecting him from the scorching sun. When Lutwinus heard of the miraculous event from his servants who had observed the miracle, he interpreted this as a divine hint. The so-called “eagle miracle” brought the spiritual turning point in his life and, according to the pious tradition, prompted him to found the monastery in what would later become Mettlach.
May 20, 2021
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