středa 27. srpna 2014

The Sacrament of Confirmation in Austria (2014)

The Sacrament of Confirmation in Austria (2014)
D. Grof
On 24 August Bishop Richard Williamson visited, at the invitation of Fr. Martin Fuchs and domestic traditional Catholics, the Austrian town of Aigen, to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation for several children, to serve the Holy Mass, and to give a lecture.
Not only Austrian faithful attended the event but also a limited number of faithful from Czechia and Slovakia, even though the event was not on the request of the organizers for several reasons publicly announced in our countries.
The program began at 9:15 am with preparation of 7 confirmees, including also 1 boy and 1 girl from Czechia. From 10 am, after the opening remarks of Bishop Williamson to confirmees, the administering of the Sacrament of Confirmation itself took place. Then the Bishop celebrated the Holy Mass for a total of about 90 faithful (including 18 Czechs and 4 Slovaks) who came to the event. The Bishop´s blessing followed afterwards.
For the capacity reasons the celebration took place in a new, larger chapel which is not completely built up yet, however, this detracted nothing from the solemn character of the celebration. Original small chapel used to be lent to SSPX before; however, after Fr. Fuchs´s coming to Aigen and rejection of Menzingen´s policy, the number of faithful increased so much that it was necessary to start building the new chapel.
Many thanks belong to Fr. Fuchs and the organizers who after the ceremony ensured lunch for all the faithful (some of whom spent 7 hours travelling to participate in the feast), and generally contributed to the excellent atmosphere with their minutely prepared program.
Cake for little confirmees
After lunch, some faithful due to the remoteness of their homes left for their way back. However, the program still continued with Bishops Williamson´s lecture in German language which started at 14:30 and lasted about 2 hours. The Bishop among others focused on apostasy in Church in history and on current situation of SSPX.
We thank Fr. Fuchs and traditional Catholics from Austria for the invitation and warm welcome and Bishop Williamson for his faithful performance of his Episcopal duties.
Deo Gratias!