Pentecost and The Sacrament of ConfirmationThe Holy Bible : Revised Standard Version Second Catholic edition (2006), with the ecclesiastical approval of the United StatesConference of Catholic Bishops, Thomas Nelson Publishing for Ignatius Press. The English translations of the works of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) also use the RSV-CE or its Second Edition.
Confirmation and the BibleConfirmation is biblically based and its history begins long before the Acts of the Apostles.We first see the Spirit in Gen. 1.2 - The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters.We hear Jesus speak of and explain the function of the Holy Spirit on many occasions.The Spirit strengthens us, as it did with Jesus, in our battle with Satan.
Mark 1:10-11 the Trinity10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately He saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove;11 and a voice came from heaven, ―You are my beloved Son; with You I am well pleased.‖After the Spirit descended upon Jesus He began His public ministry.
Luke 3:15-16 15 As the people were in expectation, and all men questioned in their hearts concerning John, whether perhaps he were the Christ, 16 John answered them all, ―I baptize you with water; but He who is mightier than I is coming, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
Jesus Overcomes Temptations (Luke 4:1-2)1 Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert,2 for forty days being put to the test by the devil.You will recall that fortified by the Spirit Jesus overcame Satan‘s temptations.
Jesus Promised His Disciples that the Holy Spirit Would Come. Lk. 12:11 And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious how or what you are to answer or what you are to say; 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.‖
Lk 24: 49 The Father Promised the Holy Spirit49 And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city, until you are clothed with power from on high.‖The promise of my Father refers to the Holy Spirit.Joel 2:29 Even upon the menservants and maidservants in those days, I will pour out my spirit.
The History of PentecostJewish tradition tells us that Pentecost is the time when Moses was given the Law of God on Mount Sinai.The word ―Pentecost‖ means fiftieth and is only found in the New Testament.I was first spoken of in Exodus 23:16 as ―the feast of harvest,‖ and again in Ex. 34:22 as ―the day of the first fruits‖ (Num. 28:26).The date of the feast was calculated from the second day of the Passover and then you begin counting off seven complete weeks or 49 days and the feast day was to be held the next or fiftieth day (Lev. 23:15- 19; Num. 28:27-29).
PentecostThe day of Pentecost in the New Testament Christian Church is celebrated as the day on which the Spirit descended upon the apostles.Jesus is quoted as saying in Acts 13 To them he presented himself alive after his passion by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days, and speaking of the kingdom of God.4 And while staying with them he charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, ―you heard from me,5 for John baptized with water, but before many days you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.‖
Pentecost Closes The Easter Season And it celebrates the out pouring of the Spirit on the first community. Pentecost has been called the feast that celebrates the ―birth of the Church.‖ Because at that point 12 frightened men unlocked the door to their room and began preaching the Word of God.
The Age of ConfirmationThe age at which confirmation is received is determined by the local Bishop.Confirmation is also referred to as the sacrament of mature Christian commitment.
In The Early ChurchConfirmation wasn‘t a separate rite or ceremony until the 3rd century.The apostle, the bishop, presiding over the community Baptized, Confirmed and gave the Eucharist at the same time but as the Church grew it was no longer possible for the bishop to physically be present at many different and widespread geographical locations.The Eastern Churches were able to continue this practice by authorizing their priest to administer them so long as the chrism, Holy Oil, blessed by the bishop at the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday was used.
UnityThe Latin or Roman The unity of the three church continues to sacraments ―must be have the Bishop safeguarded even though confirm but sometimes they might not be allows priest to confirm received at the same in special situations. time.The Catechism of the Catholic Church states 1285:―Confirmation is still united with baptism and the Eucharist as the sacraments of initiation.
The Gifts or Graces ReceivedThe prophet Isaiah (Isa. ―twice given gifts.‖ 11:2) names the gifts of They are given to the soul the Holy Spirit. with the grace of Baptism1. Wisdom, and are again given and2. Understanding, also strengthened and3. Counsel, taken on as your own when you are Confirmed4. Fortitude, because you speak for5. Knowledge, yourself instead of having6. Piety, godparents speak on their7. Fear of the Lord. behalf as they did at yourThese gifts are sometimes baptism. referred to as the
The World Is Your Desert ExperienceJesus received and was We are in our own strengthened by Holy desert, the world and Spirit at His baptism are also continually (Luke 3:21-22) tempted by the devil.Luke 4:1 tells us, ―And When you say, ―No,‖ to Jesus, full of the Holy Satan and his Spirit, returned from the temptations we are Jordan, and was led by saying ―Yes,‖ to God. the Spirit Are you listening to the 2 for forty days in the Holy Spirit who lives wilderness, tempted by within you? the devil.‖
Inhale, Exhale: The Essential Rhythm of Life dwells within us. Children need nourishment to survive and spiritual children need the nourishment which is given to them by Mother Church. We became members of Christ body when we wereInhaling & exhaling is the first baptized. thing a newborn must do to The Eucharist nourishes our survive. spiritual growth and keepsThe breath of Christian life is us a healthy member of found in the Holy Spirit that the body of Christ.
We were spiritual infants the degree of spiritual and in time we need to maturity by become spiritual adults. demonstrating our faithIn order to be spiritual to others. adults we need to learn how and explain to others what it means to be a Catholic Christian.It is through Catholic education in the home, at religious education classes, and in the Church, that we learn the basics of our faith but it is in our adulthood that we earn
SponsorsIt is important to they lacked as infants: remember that This is my Church and I Christianity is a life accept the faith of this long learning process. Church as mine and I willLike any other career you be faithful to it until I go must continue to learn to the place that Jesus has or you will fail to prepared for me (John mature. 14:2-3).Now that the candidate for No one comes to faith alone. Confirmation is more Confirmation like Baptism mature they can stand requires a sponsor, a before the bishop and person who will help the say with the knowledge candidates grow faith.
of living water.‘‖ 39 Now this he said about the Spirit, which those who believed in him were to receive; for as yet the Spirit had not been given, becauseCatholics have Jesus was not yet traditionally chosen a Confirmation name. glorified.It may be the name of a saint or a hero whose life has inspired the candidate.John 7:38 He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, ‗Out of his heart shall flow rivers
The Christian‘s ResponsibilityEzekiel 33:7 ‗Son of man wicked person will die for I have appointed you as this guilt, but I shall watchman for the hold you responsible for House of Israel. When the death. you hear a word from 9 If, however, you do warn my mouth, warn them someone wicked to from me. renounce such ways and8 If I say to someone repent, and that person wicked, ―Evildoer, you does not repent, then the are to die,‖ and you do culprit will die for this not speak to warn the guilt, but you yourself wicked person to will have saved your renounce such ways, the life.
Warning OthersWarning others of the consequences of judgment caused by their sin is never a popular task.We, the Christian, have a responsibility to be the ―watchmen‖ and warn people of the destructive nature of sin and its final irrevocable result—death and hell (33:1–33).Our responsibility is to warn them but how the message is received is beyond our control.