Czech-Moravian Brethren pics from years ago
- Hello listers, and particularly Susan Retornik Henley:
Susan, thanks for sharing the pictures from the past of the Czech-Moravian
Brethren Church, now the Unity of the Brethren.
I was curious is the Granger pics were of some of my kin, so that's why I
brought up the question. In the case of the wonderful old pictures you
shared, they weren't.
You brought up questions concerning why they were all so dressed up. These
are confirmation photos. Confirmation is something that was and still is
prevalent in the Catholic church, and that Czech protestants deemed worth
keeping in their religion. Confirmation is religious training for the
young. I went through it as I was growing up in the Brethren church. Once
you completed the training, you were considered mature enough to take the
wine and the bread, i.e. Holy Communion, which my Baptist brethren call the
Lord's Supper. You were questioned about what you learned while studying
the Catechism, also a holdover from the Catholic Church, which was a book of
valuable religious knowledge. This questioning was done in front of the
congregation. This was done back then, and while I was growing up. And I
suspect, this is the way it still occurs. And in the olden days and in my
time, you wore your best Sunday clothes, and if you were a young lady, you
wore your newsest and best white dress.
This was your "coming of age."