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Remembering Our Danube Swabian Ancestors
     
 

Communion and Baptismal Implements

by Dr. Viktor Pratscher
Translated by Brad Schwebler

  In the beginning the community presumably used the holy communion and baptismal implements of the Hungarian mother community.

   The first communion goblet was a gift of Adam Schmoll, but the minutes have no record of it.  The name of the contributor is on the goblet.  In 1868 it already existed.  In the records of 1868-69 it reads: "Dec. 27th- for the repair of the goblet - 10 xr."

   Rev. Gustav Jurany, who the community wanted to be their administrator in 1888, can be thanked for the communion vessels used today.  He collected from the community and from friends 64.15 Forints and with it he bought a silver goblet, a silver-plated jug, a silver-plated plate, and a tin can.  The goblet bore the inscription: "German Community of Feketehegy 1888."

   The baptismal implements used earlier were a small porcelain bowl and a smaller glass jug, covered with a silver color.  In 1923 the widow of Johann Schmidt nee Eva Dietrich, the widow of Philipp Schwebler nee Katharina Schmidt, and the widow of Heinrich Wei▀mann nee Susanna Dietrich presented the community a silver baptismal jug.  In the same year cabinetmaker Peter Spangus finished a beautiful baptismal font of wood and gave it to the community on the occasion of the birth of his daughter Sophia.  The inscription on it is: "Matthew 28, 19-20. Peter Spangus 1923."

[Published at DVHH.org 2004 by Jody McKim Pharr]