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Sunday, 1 April 2012

Confirmations on Lady Day in Copenhagen

Photo: Bev Lloyd Roberts
This year the Feast of the Annunciation or Lady Day (25 March) fell on a Sunday. Sundays in Lent are not displaced by other feasts and I imagine that most of our Churches would have transferred the celebration to a suitable weekday following.

In St Alban's Copenhagen, Sunday 25 March was already going to be a packed day with the visit of their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. However the parish took advantage of my visit to anticipate the Annunciation on Saturday 24 March, and celebrate it with confirmations. Reflecting the international nature of the congregation, candidates came from a variety of backgrounds, Filipino, Danish, English, Ugandan, Nigerian and Indian among them.

Present for the weekend liturgies were the assistant clergy in St Alban's, the Revd Canon Ulla Monberg, and the Revd Mark Letters. I also had the opportunity to meet a deacon from Burundi, the Revd Christophe Ndikuriyo. who is worshipping in St Alban's and to whom I hope to give Permission to Officiate.

Photo: Bev Lloyd Roberts
At the end of what was an exhilarating but exhausting weekend, the clergy and visiting organist Adrian Mumford, along with spouses and friends, needed to sit down in the rare Copenhagen sunshine, and enjoy some refreshment.

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