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Sacraments of Initiation. Confirmation. The Holy Spirit Among Us. Where there is death, the Holy Spirit brings life Where there is loss and confusion the Holy Spirit guides and clarifies Where despair settles in, the Holy Spirit brings hope based on the true promises of the Lord

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Sacraments of initiation

Sacraments of Initiation

Confirmation


The holy spirit among us

The Holy Spirit Among Us

  • Where there is death, the Holy Spirit brings life

  • Where there is loss and confusion the Holy Spirit guides and clarifies

  • Where despair settles in, the Holy Spirit brings hope based on the true promises of the Lord

    • Promise of a Messiah

    • Promise of the Holy Spirit


Confirmation east west

Confirmation, East & West

  • In the beginning of the early church all three sacraments of initiation were celebrated at the same time by the Bishop

    • Western Church

      • Due to the increased number of infant baptisms, the growth of dioceses, and the distance between parishes, Confirmation was delayed until the Bishop could be present. This remains true today

    • Eastern Church

      • Because of the use of chrism that has been consecrated by the Bishop, priests celebrate Confirmation in the Eastern Churches. Therefore all three sacraments are still celebrated together, including Eucharist.


Reflection of truth

Reflection of Truth

  • Eastern Church

    • Celebration of sacraments together emphasizes the unity of these sacraments

  • Western Church

    • Waiting for the Bishop strengthens the connection between the newly confirmed and the apostolic origins

  • Bishop is the sign of unity, universal, and apostolic qualities of the Church

    • Apostolic succession is handed on through the “laying of the hands”

  • Even though the bishop is the usual minister of Confirmation, he may grant permission to the parish priest to celebrate the sacrament at the Easter Vigil


Preparation

Preparation

  • Eligibility

    • Reached the age of reason (seven years old or whatever age to sixteen the bishop of the diocese chooses)

  • Criteria

    • Profess the faith (Creed)

    • Be in the state of grace

    • Desire to receive the sacrament

    • Intend to live as a disciple of Christ and witness to the faith, both within the Church and in the world.


Origin

Origin

  • Old Testament:

    • Mentions the Spirit of the Lord present in certain individuals destined for a particular mission.

      • Joel 3: 1-3

      • Isaiah 61: 1-2

  • New Testament

    • Jesus begins His mission by quoting the words of Isaiah

    • Spirit descends on Jesus at his baptism

    • John the Baptist says that “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit”

    • Jesus promises to send the Spirit

    • Pentecost experience


Celebrating the rite

Celebrating the Rite

  • Introductory Rites

  • Liturgy of the Word

  • Presentation of the Candidates

  • Homily

  • Renewal of Baptismal vows

  • “Laying on of Hands”***

  • Anointing with chrism***

    • Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit

  • Prayer of the Faithful

  • Liturgy of the Eucharist

  • Concluding Rites


Confirmation

Confirmation

  • Essential Sacramental Symbol

    • Laying on of hands and the anointing with chrism while saying “Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit”

  • Usual minister

    • Bishop

    • With permission a priest may administer the sacrament


Life in the holy spirit

Life in the Holy Spirit

  • Offerings & responsibilities

    • Roots us more deeply as sons & daughters of God

    • Unites us more firmly to Jesus

    • Increases the gifts of the Spirit in us

    • Strengthens our relationship with the Church

    • Involves us more deeply with the mission of the Church

    • Helps us to bear witness to our faith through our words and actions


Life in the spirit

Life in the Spirit

  • Gifts:

    • Wisdom

    • Understanding

    • Knowledge

    • Right judgment

    • Courage (fortitude)

    • Reverence

    • Wonder and awe

  • To be “opened” and used always

  • Fruits:

    • Charity

    • Joy

    • Peace

    • Patience

    • Kindness

    • Generosity

    • Gentleness

    • Faithfulness

    • Modesty

    • Self-control

    • Chastity

  • when we live in the Spirit these qualities show up in our lives


Discernment of god s will

Discernment of God’s Will

  • What is “discernment?

  • Know and pray with Scripture

  • Live the Sacraments

  • Love the Catholic Church

  • Pray to the Spirit

  • Be an active member of the “Body of Christ”


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