Confirmation is a sacrament in the Catholic church when the teens are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit and are strengthened in their Christian life. It is a milestone in their lives as young adults. They have a sponsor; who is typically a Parent or sibling. But it can also be someone who had an effect on their lives.
So I’ve seen everything from a religious leader to a police officer who helped then when they strayed into a possible life in crime.
St Ann Parish Neponset in Dorchester MA was the site of a recent Confirmation celebration that I photographed. I love photographing any religious event. It is calming and family focused. The values that are most important in life and the ones that we too often take for granted.
Each year, I have the opportunity to see angels, little angels dressed in white – one minute they’re giggling and running and being little kids and the next they are walking into the church, their hands folded, singing a song as they walk to their seats. It’s First Communion Day – it’s their First Communion Day and it’s exciting for them and a magical milestone for their Parents, family and friends. I’ve photographed the First Communion celebration at St Ann Parish – Neponset in Dorchester MA for a few years now. And I am amazed, humbled, calmed, happy, fulfilled, by the whole experience. Here is a look at the day.
Confirmation is for many a milestone in their lives. Certainly in their religious lives anyway. And I think for most it brings a sigh of relief … they made it through another set of training. But even more than that, these kids are seen as adults by the church. Something they have probably felt for a few years. It is a proud day for families and it is always an honor for me to help capture this day.
A Christmas Pageant has the ability to bring us back to reality. Once again we see the simple joys of family, friends and childhood. The pageant is after all just a slice of time – it must be cherished and held in our hearts – so that when we need to remember what’s most important to us it will be there.
Here are some images from the 2012 Christmas Pageant at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Norwood MA
Here is a short video from the day … OK, it’s about 4 minutes long
I had the honor to once again photograph the Confirmation celebration for St Ann Parish – Neponset in Dorchester MA.
For me, I enjoy this event because I get to see all the young people as they prepare to join the church as adults. Some will become very involved in the church life and others may take a break from attending.
But all will know that they have achieved another milestone in their lives.
So much preparation goes into the Christmas pageant each year. Costumes, rehearsals, songs and scripts. And in the end the parents love it for it’s simplicity and the kids just have fun dressing up. We all need to remember that it’s the simplicity that makes it all so beautiful.