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February 10, 2016 – Vienna, Austria – Ash Wednesday marks the start of the Lenten season Christians worldwide. For many it’s a season of fasting and penance, when people give up bad habits and find other ways to grow spiritually.
In Vienna, Filipinos joined the Ash Wednesday mass for the non-German speaking communities. Episcopal Vicar Dariusz Schutzki CR, celebrated the mass together with priests- representatives from the different migrant communities under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Vienna, Afro-Asian Communities (ARGE-AAG).
In his message, Schutzki expressed his thanks to the migrant communities.
He thanked the immigrants for the Christian values they manifest to the Austrian community with their lives – their sacrifice for the well-being of their families, their determination and perseverance, their joy of life, their profound faith and fidelity despite insecurities and many difficulties.
The Episcopal Vicar likewise noted that Lent is “a time for reflection and spiritual renewal, a time to examine one’s relationships with God and with others.”
It was also the traditional occasion to introduce the ARGE-AAG’s candidates for confirmation, who, in a special part of the mass, shared with the congregation what confirmation means to them.
The service was also the occasion for catechumens to receive the “Our Father”, an important step in the preparation for their adult baptism.
The CFC-FFL Choir provided the offertory music during the mass.
With the celebration of the Ash Wednesday it also begins the 40 days of the Lenten season, which is marked by prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
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