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Thursday, 22 May 2014

A joyful celebration of faith in Vienna

Archdeacon Patrick Curran looks on as Gospel affirms his faith
Is this your faith? This is my faith.

With this bold response to the question posed by the bishop a wonderfully named candidate for Holy Baptism - Gospel - declared his readiness to become a member of the Body of Christ through this Sacrament. Gospel was then joined by other members of the parish of Christ Church, Vienna, and one candidate from St Margaret's in Budapest, in receiving the Apostolic Rite of Confirmation.

Although it is a long service, the Common Worship liturgy of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion can be a powerful and dramatic witness to the redemption in Christ which is at the heart of our Christian faith. It also reminds all the faithful of our mission to "shine as a light in the world to the glory of God the Father", as the new disciples lead us out into the world bearing their lit candles.

Christ Church, Vienna was full for a joyous celebration on Sunday 18 May, and the parishioners provided a warm welcome to the candidates, their family and friends, in the nearby church hall.

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