Last weekend, we had quite the busy Sunday at Christ Church. To start, we were pleased to welcome Bishop Robert Ihloff, Assisting Bishop of the Diocese of Maryland, with us at all three Advent II services! After our 8 a.m. Eucharist in Old Brick, Bishop Ihloff led our Family Worship in the New Brick Sanctuary. In full regalia, he shared the story of Saint Nicholas with a rapt audience of children and parents.
Then at 10:30, Bishop Ihloff, Father Manny, and Mother Marcia led Holy Eucharist as well as the presentation of the Candidates for Confirmation (with the assistance of our Seminarian Associate, Michael Looney).
It was a wonderful display of this traditional sacrament of the Episcopal Church, as each candidate confirmed their baptismal vows in a Sanctuary filled with clergy, choir, family, friends, and parishioners - some regulars and some we haven't seen in quite a while. We also saw that people joined us via the service livestream from places near and far.
Congratulations to Ainsley, Amisha, Caleb, Deepti, Kyle, Lauren, Setutsi, and Victoria, and heartfelt thanks to everyone (including Deacon Denise, unable to be with us today, and Yetti Lipede, Christ Church's Ministry Coordinator) for making this day so memorable.