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Saturday, 9 May 2009

Making a commitment

Today Mausi is off to Hannover to attend the Confirmation Service at which her youngest niece is being confirmed in the Lutheran Church. Emma is a serious young lady who has had a rough ride lately and I hope that this step helps her along the way.

Confirmation is a serious step and, as I have learned recently, the Lutheran Church prepares its candidates very thoroughly indeed for it. Nor is it a case of classes leading to confirmation and then dropping off the edge - now you're in and that's that - but there are ongoing classes for the period immediately post the service. Each candidate is called upon to make a public declaration and sometimes even to make a short speech or statement about the things they found most helpful or stimulating during the preparation classes.

I hope that you will join me in bidding Emma welcome into the full communion of the church everywhere.

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