8 June 2016
Bishop Robert Byrne visited our school to ask the Year 6 pupils about the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit because we would be receiving the special sacrament of Confirmation. He also spent time finding out about the Saints we had chosen for our Confirmation. It was an honour to meet him before our Confirmation.
At home my family were racing and rushing around the house so I could have the perfect Confirmation day. When I was ready I went to the school hall to line up ; we all waited patiently for the Mass to begin. I was very excited for the Mass but also, I was nervous because it was a big step on my faith journey.
Firstly when the Mass started we processed into the Church and then after the procession some children brought up the gift bags with the different gift of the Holy Spirit on the front of them. While they brought the gifts up we were all singing 'Send Your Love'.
After the song we had the Introduction, and it was read beautifully. Once that had finished we had the Liturgy of the Word with the First Reading. Then I sang the Responsorial Psalm with some of the others. We sang 'Send Forth Your Spirit Lord ' and I felt honoured to be part of this special moment.
Next we had the Second Reading which was read very clearly and loudly. Then we sung the Gospel Acclamation which was followed by the Gospel ; in this passage from scripture Jesus was inviting people to come and follow him, just like we were doing.
Then Bishop Byrne asked us to renew our Baptismal Promises and the response was "I do." This confirmed that we were ready to become adult members in the Church.
During the Baptismal Promises we held our lit candles which reminded us that Jesus is the light of the world. When we were finished the Bishop raised his hands and called down the Gifts and of the Holy Spirit. As we were waiting to be blessed with the Oil of Chrism we listened to the Bishop saying "Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit", also he said "Peace be with you," and we replied ,"And with your Spirit."
After this, followed the Bidding Prayers, praying for the needs of others. Next, Father John prayed to the Holy Spirit during the Eucharistic Prayer so that the gifts of Bread and Wine would become the Body and Blood pf Christ which we reverently received in Holy Communion.
It was truly a special Mass from beginning to end. On that day I felt honoured and blessed that I was able to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. And have the Gifts of the Holy Spirit I enjoyed being part of this special celebration and look forward to continue my faith journey by being an adult member of the Church.
Reflection by Hugh