Sacraments and Worship . . .

The Sacraments of Initiation: Sacrament of Confirmation

Jesus said to the apostles: ‘I shall ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you for ever, that spirit of truth whom the world can never receive since it neither sees nor knows him; but you know him, because he is with you, he is in you….I have said these things to you while still with you; the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said to you.’ (John 14:15-17;25-26)
After Jesus’ ascension into heaven the apostles returned to the Upper Room; they remained there until the day of Pentecost. ‘When suddenly they heard what sounded like a powerful wind from heaven, the noise of which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and something appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak foreign languages as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech’. (Acts of the Apostles 2:1-4)

The apostles, previously terrified for their lives, had been empowered by the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Their faith had been confirmed and they were brave enough to leave the Upper Room to go out to preach to the crowd. Having heard what Peter and the others had to say the people asked them: ‘What must we do?’ ‘You must repent’, Peter answered, ‘and every one of you must be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit’. (Acts of the Apostles 2:37-38) At Samaria, when Peter and John prayed for the people, they ‘laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit’. (Acts of the Apostles 8:17)
The apostles, previously terrified for their lives, had been empowered by the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Their faith had been confirmed and they were brave enough to leave the Upper Room to go out to preach to the crowd. Having heard what Peter and the others had to say the people asked them: ‘What must we do?’ ‘You must repent’, Peter answered, ‘and every one of you must be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit’. (Acts of the Apostles 2:37-38) At Samaria, when Peter and John prayed for the people, they ‘laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit’. (Acts of the Apostles 8:17)

The bishop, the usual minister of the Sacrament of Confirmation, extends his hands over those who are to be confirmed and invokes the Holy Spirit. He then anoints each person with the Oil of Chrism, saying: Name…. ‘Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit’.

Wisdom, Understanding, Right Judgment, Courage, Knowledge, Reverence and Awe; these are the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. The Sacrament of Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace, it unites us more firmly to Christ, it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ. (CCC 1302) Confirmation, the sacrament of Christian maturity, is generally conferred on young adults and its reception signifies the completion of one’s Christian initiation.

Preparation for Confirmation:
Young people who are not in Catholic Education are requested to attend a preparation class which is held in the Cathedral Hall from September each year in preparation for Confirmation at the Feast of Pentecost in the Cathedral, when they will be confirmed by the Bishop.

Adults for Confirmation should normally attend the RCIA programme from Christmas and will be confirmed by the Bishop at the Easter Vigil Mass. Contact
Information about the preparation for Confirmation can be obtained from the Cathedral Office:
Tel: 0115 9539839 email: office@stbarnabascathedral.org.uk

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