Confirmation - Lesson 17
For "by the sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed."
Catechism of the Catholic Church #1285
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.
And kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And you will renew the face of the earth.
by the light of the Holy Spirit
you have taught the hearts of your faithful.
In the same Spirit
help us to relish what is right
and always rejoice in your consolation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Acts 8: 14 - 17
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Why do you think it was important to the apostles that the people receive the Holy Spirit?
Just as Peter and John went to Samaria, their successor (your bishop) is coming to confirm you. He will do just as Peter and John did in Samaria: pray for you and lay his hands over you that you might receive the Holy Spirit.
God chose you from the beginning. At baptism your parents responded to God and stood up for you. Now you have to make a choice for yourself, and stand up for yourself. Just as Jesus chose the first twelve disciples, he is choosing you today. Will you accept God’s blessing on your life? Will you allow God to anoint you and become a disciple?
A Closer Look at Confirmation
*Please note* This video speaks about choosing a Confirmation name. In our diocese, we use our baptismal name (the name given to you at your baptism) for Confirmation.
What does the Sacrament of Confirmation do in your soul?
God first filled your heart with the Holy Spirit at your Baptism. Now at Confirmation, the gifts of the Holy Spirit are increased and you're given special strength to spread and defend the faith.
In Confirmation, as with all the sacraments, God gives you special graces to live like he does, unselfishly and for the good of others. You might not feel a change at the time of Confirmation but the outpouring of the Holy Spirit seals and armours you.
This outpouring is precisely what he gave to his apostles after his death and resurrection. Jesus said that he would give them the Holy Spirit, and through it, the strength they need to tell the entire world about him. With the Holy Spirit and they were given the inspiration and fortitude to face all kinds of persecution and hostility in spreading God's message.
Why does Jesus invite you to receive that very same outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation? Because, just as he sent the Apostles out, he sends you out. And Jesus knows that sometimes what we need isn't simply more faith but the courage to live that faith and share it with others.
Just like the Apostles did, it is your job to charitably share the gospel not just in your words but in the way you live and act on a daily basis. Because of the Sacrament of Confirmation, you will bear the seal of Christ and will be given his spiritual protection. You will be better able to hear his call and follow it down the path where countless saints have gone before you, boldly proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ, resisting temptation, growing in virtue, and becoming what God is calling you to be - holy.
What is a Sacrament?
A Sacrament is a
visible, efficacious sign - it does what it signifies
instituted by Jesus Christ himself - the sacraments have been around for 2000 years & God himself became human to be with us
entrusted to the Church - we are part of something much bigger than ourselves
by which we meet Christ - he wants to be close to us
and receive his divine grace - God's very life
What Happens at Confirmation
Discussion / Reflection
Chris Stefanick mentioned that the name "Christ" means "anointed one". At your Confirmation you will be anointed & become like Christ. What was Jesus like? What did he do, what did he say?
John 10: 10 says "I came that they may have life and have it abundantly (to the full)". What would a "full, abundant" life look like to you?
Discuss these questions with your parents or sponsor OR write your thoughts in a Confirmation journal.
Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is error, truth; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
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