Union Corps San Lazare International invited to Military Consecration Ceremony (January 2013)
The Lazarus Union was very happy to receive an invitation from the Orthodox Military Chaplaincy of Austria's Armed Forces to the Consecration of Water in Vienna’s Maria Theresa Barracks.
On Wednesday 16 January, the delegation led by Senator h.c. Wolfgang Steinhardt were present in the barracks.
In the presence of several Catholic Military Chaplains, the water was consecrated by the Orthodox Military Chaplain, Father Alexander Lapin D.D.
The ceremony followed the Byzantine Rite, but was conducted in German. This allowed all participants to follow the proceedings easily.
Although the consecration was held in the open air, all those present could smell the fragrant incense. Only a very few were bothered by the bitter cold.
Because of their great commitment to ecumenical dialogue, it was a great honour for the representatives of the Lazarus Union to participate in this ceremony. At the end, everyone was able to take a little of the consecrated water home with them.
The celebration also demonstrated, once again, the important integrative values of the Austrian military.