Re: Czech-Moravian Brethren pics from years ago
- This is just a suggestion and I hope it'll work. Since there is the
genealogy conference coming up, why not take all those old
confirmation pictures to the conference and maybe there will be some
time for people to get together to identify the confirmands. With my
grandfather being a minister in the Czech Brethren Church, we have
many confirmation pictures and pictures from the Hus School. I'll
send ours with my mother-Eloise Horak. Maybe some connections can be
made. If its like my family, the Czech Brethrens tended to marry
other Czech Brethrens from the same community. Once those
connections were made, we found many relatives and many
Kathy Horak Smith
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Susan Rektorik Henley"
> Richard, thank you so very graciously for your help with my photos.establish that my question wasn't why my grandmother was dressed up
> Now as to my question to which you responded in detail, let me
so beautifully...I understood that it was her Confirmation in the
Moravian Brethren Church. I am familiar with what a "Confirmation"
>From what I have read, Confirmation doesn't happen until one was a
> My question pertained to the younger girls in the second photo.
little older...old enough to accept the faith for oneself in the
Moravian Brethren faith.
>is why I wondered if there was a different ceremony. I think you
> In the picture of the three girls, they are all quite young which
might have failed to notice that I sent two different messages with a
question for the second one only. You seem to be generically
speaking while I was requesting assistance with a particular photo.
Now, I do understand that in some faiths, the confirmations are set
by the calendar and that the "grace" of the individual might or might
not be on schedule. I can testify to that. I just thought that the
Moravian Brethrens of back then waited a little longer to allow a
individual to determine their beliefs.
>is a Confirmation photo because the girls are so young. In addition,
> Again, my question as to the second photo is to establish if this
it has been brought to my attention that this could have been a
Catholic Confirmation Ceremony, I am not sure how this would have
worked into my Grandmother's life back then since she and her family
were staunch Moravian Brethrens ( as were their friends), but I would
understand a Catholic Confirmation at that age. (I view this as a
>to me too. I do try so very hard not to be a heathen. I always seem
> Please my friends out there who are Catholic, don't take exception
to ask too many questions.
> Susan Rektorik Henley
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Kotrla RJ (Richard)
> To: 'email@example.com'
> Sent: Thursday, June 29, 2000 9:42 PM
> Subject: [TexasCzechs] 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
> Brethren Church, now the Unity of the Brethren.that's why I
> I was curious is the Granger pics were of some of my kin, so
> brought up the question. In the case of the wonderful oldpictures you
> shared, they weren't.up. These
> You brought up questions concerning why they were all so dressed
> are confirmation photos. Confirmation is something that was andstill is
> prevalent in the Catholic church, and that Czech protestantsdeemed worth
> keeping in their religion. Confirmation is religious trainingfor the
> young. I went through it as I was growing up in the Brethrenchurch. Once
> you completed the training, you were considered mature enough totake the
> wine and the bread, i.e. Holy Communion, which my Baptistbrethren call the
> Lord's Supper. You were questioned about what you learned whilestudying
> the Catechism, also a holdover from the Catholic Church, whichwas a book of
> valuable religious knowledge. This questioning was done in frontof the
> congregation. This was done back then, and while I was growingup. And I
> suspect, this is the way it still occurs. And in the olden daysand in my
> time, you wore your best Sunday clothes, and if you were a younglady, you
> wore your newsest and best white dress.------------------------------
> This was your "coming of age."
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