Pentecost 2017

For quite a few years the Pentecost liturgy at St. Joseph Church in Phnom Penh has brought together the English, French, Khmer, and Korean-speaking Catholic communities at one mass presided over by Bishop Olivier.  All of these communities have used St. Joseph Church as their base at different times, meeting in different buildings at different times on the weekend.  Today we had our gathering and a central part of the ceremony was the conferring of the sacrament of confirmation on 37 mostly young people.  Here, dressed in traditional Khmer garb and traditional sitting position, they listen as Bishop Olivier has an opening prayer.  Because of the large crowd when all the communities are together, the liturgy was held on an outside stage covered with a light tenting to keep everyone out of the sun.