25 June 2015
'You also became God's people when you heard the true message, the Good News that brought you salvation. You believed in Christ, and God put his stamp of ownership on you by giving you the Holy Spirit he had promised.' Ephesians 1:13
Before the Mass
At home, we were all rushing around preparing ourselves for the evening of my Confirmation, we were all trying to eat, get ready and get to Mass on time, it was a mad house. I had dinner and then I changed into my new suit which was laid out in my room.
Despite everyone in my family giving me cards while we were trying to get out, I was nervous about the special celebration that was ahead of me.
We drove to school and there, we saw my sponsor (Owen Hession) he gave me another card and inside the envelope there was a Confirmation badge, a necklace and a card. When we lined up with our sponsors, I started to feel a little nervous, this was due to me thinking I may mess up on my reading. Would people laugh if I misread a word?
The Confirmation Mass
At 7:00 pm, the bell was rung and we processed into the church with our sponsors, the children holding the gift bags walked up and placed them on the Altar rails and we all returned to our seats.
The introduction was read by Maria in a reverent manner. Then it was my turn, I had to go up to the lectern and read the first reading, a very important reading in the Mass. After I had read, twelve children reverently processed up to the Altar and they sung the responsorial psalm, 'Send forth your Spirit Lord' it made the hairs on my arms stand on end, it was that amazing.
After that, a child walked up, onto the Altar and gracefully, she read the second reading of the Mass and to sum up the liturgy of the word, Father John read the Gospel. After the Gospel, the teachers and staff handed out our baptismal candles and we renewed our Baptismal Promises because when we were babies our parents made them for us but now, we have to do them for ourselves.
After we had proclaimed our Baptismal Promises, Bishop Robert Byrne did the laying on of hands. This is when he calls down the Holy Spirit and we are then ready to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We then walked slowly and reverently to the Altar where the Bishop asked us to kneel down in front of him and he put the Oil of Chrism on my forehead in the shape of a cross. He said "Be sealed with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit" and we reply "Amen", he then said "Peace be with you" and we reply "And with your Spirit". I felt peaceful as I returned to my seat.
Then we had the Offertory which was taken down by a number of children. Our Confirmation Folders and the bread and wine which would become the Body and Blood of Jesus were taken up. Then we had the Eucharistic Prayer, Lord's Prayer, Sign Of Peace and received Jesus in Holy Communion.
The Bishop then raised his hands and gave the final blessing and our wonderful Mass ended.
After the Mass
The Sunday after the Mass, my family met together and we all went out for a meal (a curry), it was very tasty.
My Confirmation will be a day I won't forget and I will use the fruits and gifts wisely in my life.