Confirmation

“He presented himself alive to them by many proofs after he had suffered, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While meeting with them, he enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for "the promise of the Father about which you have heard me speak; for John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit." When they had gathered together they asked him, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?" He answered them, "It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has established by his own authority. But you will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." 
(Acts 1:3-8:)

Confirmation in a very real sense completes the grace received in baptism.  It is a firming, or strengthening of the Holy Spirit in your life received in Baptism.  Through confirmation, you are more perfectly a member of the Church—the Body of Christ—and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.  You become a true witness to Christ, and more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith.  Like Baptism, it is given only once as it imparts an indelible mark—or character—on your soul.

The Bishop is the ordinary minister of the Sacrament of Confirmation.  The Pastor may confirm adults received into the Church at the Easter Vigil.

 

The Novena to the Holy Spirit is the oldest of all novenas since it was first made at the direction of Our Lord Himself, when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. In other words, the Twelve Apostles spent nine days praying to prepare for receiving the power of the Holy Spirit. You can do the same thing to prepare with your child for their Confirmation. You might also have their sponsor join in.

Each day of the Novena to the Holy Spirit begins with the prayers for the day, after which are recited the “Our Father”, “Hail Mary” and “Glory Be”. The prayer concludes with “The Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit” and “The Act of Consecration” 

DAY 3

The Gift of Understanding

Understanding, as a gift of the Holy Spirit, helps us to grasp the meaning of the truths of our holy religion. By faith we know them, but by Understanding we learn to appreciate and relish them. It enables us to penetrate the inner meaning of revealed truths and through them to be quickened to newness of life. Our faith ceases to be sterile and inactive, but inspires a mode of life that bears eloquent testimony to the faith that is in us; we begin to "walk worthy of God in all things pleasing, and increasing in the knowledge of God."

 

Prayer: Come, O Spirit of Understanding, and enlighten our minds, that we may know and believe all the mysteries of salvation; and may merit at last to see the eternal light in Your Light; and in the light of glory to have a clear vision of You, Holy Spirit and the Father and the Son. Amen.

 

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be, Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts)

Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
(recite daily during the nine days of the Novena)

O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your disciples and witnesses, please grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the gift of Wisdom that I may know as God knows, striving to have the mind and heart of Jesus Christ, desiring the gifts that are for eternal life and despising those things that will lead me away; the gift of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of your divine truth; the gift of Knowledge that I may know You, know myself and know the value of all creation in light of their relationship with God so to grow in perfect holiness as the Saints; the gift of Counsel that I may always know the right decisions to make in my life, to choose the good and to avoid evil, ever choosing the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven; the gift of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that prevent me from being a faithful disciple and constant witness; the gift of Piety that will heal my heart and open my heart tenderly towards God and others, so that service of You is sweet, and the gift of Fear of the Lord that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease You. Mark me, dear Lord with the sign of Your true disciples and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.

 

Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit
(recite daily during the nine days of the Novena)

On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself, soul and body to You, Holy Spirit. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In you I live and move and have my being. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought, word, deed and hope. Grant that I may always watch for Your light, listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch for Your light, listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus, looking at His Five Wounds, trusting in His Precious Blood, adoring His Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, “Speak Lord for Your servant is listening.” Amen.


Those in public schools must attend weekly classes held on Tuesdays from 6:45 p.m.– 8:00 p.m. through the Parish School of Religion. Those in private schools must attend an 11-course Confirmation preparation program. Please email Alyson Radford aradford@mqpwg.org to enroll your child in these classes.

     
2020 Confirmations