In the new year 2018, now moving further along the Christian year—on towards Lent, Rev. Patrick Curran, Chaplain of Christ Church Vienna offers this meditation:
Towards the end of last year I became aware of two anniversaries that we will be marking in 2018: the centenary of the end of World War I with the signing of the Armistice at Compiègne on 11 November and the bicentenary of the first performance of Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht in the parish church of St Nicholas in Oberndorf close to Salzburg. The German book publisher Reclam is marking the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth by publishing a biography of the conductor and composer. The Royal Northern College of Music and the University of Glasgow will commemorate the centenary of Claude Debussy’s death with a celebration of his music throughout the year. Beginnings and endings are occasions for us to recall former glories of human creativity and the human tragedies of willed destruction and carnage. There is much to celebrate and much that we should remind ourselves of – “Lest we forget” – so that we may shun making the same mistakes.
The fly in the ointment remains our human nature that does not constantly will the good.
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Year past in pictures
Some images of us together over the past year:
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Chairperson’s report for 2016-2017
Before the service on Sunday 26 March, we held our annual church meeting where our chairperson, Janet Tuškan, delivered her annual report of our activities over the past year.
Janet started by saying:
“Since our last AGM in May 2016, we have held regular services, apart from in July and August, on the 2nd and 4th Sundays in the month, with visits from an ordained minister to enable us to celebrate Holy Communion, most frequently Rev. Robin Fox from Belgrade. We are extremely grateful to Janet Berković for her continuing faithful service and inspiring sermons. We continue to meet in the basement of St. Blaise’s Catholic Church in Zagreb. In the autumn the parish priest Mgr. Sekelj retired and was replaced by Mgr. Koren. We are grateful for the continued support and positive relationship we have with the church and the priest.”
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