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Strengthened by the Spirit

Strengthened by the Spirit Celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation Focal Point: Reader 1: Reader 2: Reader

Celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation

Focal Point:

Reader 1:

Reader 2:

Reader 3:

Processional Song:

Entrance Procession:

A small table covered in a white cloth is placed at the front of the altar. Sitting on top the white cloth is a lit candle and a crucifix.

Introduction

Today we gather to celebrate the strength and courage given by the Holy Spirit to Saints and Blesseds, and heroic Christian men and women throughout the world. We will listen to the story of one of the early Christians who was a follower of Jesus. His name was Stephen and his courage and bravery made him a very special person. Stephen was killed because he taught the Good News of Jesus.

As followers of Jesus, people are strengthened by the Holy Spirit, which they receive in the Sacrament of Confirmation. Jesus calls his followers to open themselves to the Spirit within, by living out the Beatitudes. The word ‘beatitude’ means a special kind of happiness - the happiness of being with God. This is the happiness of heaven. We start to experience this happiness now by living out the Beatitudes.

Today, we make a commitment to continue to live a life of faith and to always strive to keep the Holy Spirit alive within us. We endeavour to live out Christ’s teachings and to actively participate in the Mission of the Church. In class, we have explored the different ways that we can live out the Beatitudes in our own lives. Today, we bring to the altar painted stones which symbolise what the sacrament of Confirmation means to us.

Please stand to for the opening procession.

‘Hearts on Fire’ by Michael Mangan

Students process in holding a painted stone which symbolises what the Sacrament of Confirmation means to them.

Students place the stones next to a candle and crucifix, on a small table displayed in front of the altar.

Bishop/Celebrant:

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Greeting and Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

And with your spirit.

Penitential Rite

Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins, and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.

I confess to almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters that I have sinned through my own fault in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do; and I ask blessed Mary, ever virgin, all the angels and saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.

May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.

All:

Amen.

Bishop/celebrant:

Lord, have mercy.

All:

Lord, have mercy.

Bishop/celebrant:

Christ, have mercy.

All:

Christ, have mercy.

Bishop/celebrant:

Lord, have mercy.

All:

Lord, have mercy.

The Gloria

All:

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will.

We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory, Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father. Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us;you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer; you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father.

Amen.

Bishop/Celebrant:

Let us pray.

Opening Prayer

God of love, you sent us your Son Jesus, who showed us his great inner spiritual strength. Bless us and help us develop our own spiritual strength by trying to live as Jesus taught.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All:

Amen.

Liturgy of the Word

First Reading

Reader 1:

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (6:8-7:60). Stephen was one of the members of the early Church. Stephen had great faith. He worked miracles in Jesus’ name. He healed the sick. He spoke to the crowds about Jesus’ teachings and his love for Jesus.

Reader 2:

The leaders became very angry and were jealous because lots of people were listening to Stephen and his message about Jesus. They made up lies about Stephen. They arrested him for something he did not do. Stephen was not afraid of them but spoke of his love for God with great courage and joy. He wanted the people to believe in Jesus. This made the leaders even angrier with Stephen.

Reader 3:

Because he was filled with the Holy Spirit, Stephen was happy and not afraid. He looked up, ‘Look!’ he cried out, ‘The heavens are opened, and I can see Jesus standing with God’. The leaders could not bear to hear this talk. They put their fingers in their ears. They grabbed Stephen, dragged him outside the city and threw stones at him. Before he died, Stephen prayed to Jesus, ‘Lord, receive my spirit, and forgive these people for their sins’.

This is the Word of the Lord …

All:

Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm:

‘Spirit Come’ from As One Voice by Willow Connection.

Response:

Spirit, come, transform us. Come be our breath, be our hope. Spirit, come, transform us. Come be our breath, be our hope.

Singer 1:

Deep in the womb of our heart Reveal your presence, O God.

Singer 2:

Draw us to share others’ burdens, Healing and loving with truth.

Singer 3

You are the one who unites us In striving for justice, for peace.

All:

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Gospel Acclamation (sung)

Alleluia, alleluia!

Happy the poor in spirit;

The kingdom of heaven is theirs!

Alleluia!

Gospel

The Lord be with you

And with your spirit

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew (5:1-12).

Glory to you, OLord.

When Jesus* saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely* on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

The Gospel of the Lord.

All:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Parish Priest:

Presentation of Candidates Would those to be confirmed please stand.

(The candidates to be confirmed stand in their places in the church.)

Your Grace (My Lord, Father), the parish community of St Pauls wishes to present to you these candidates who have been prepared to receive the

fullness of Christian Initiation in the sacrament of Confirmation. It is my privilege to present them to you.

Celebrant:

Do you judge them to have been prepared to receive the sacrament?

Parish Priest:

Yes, I believe that with the help of parents and teachers they are suitably prepared.

Celebrant:

Thanks be to God. I gladly accept these candidates to receive the sacrament of Confirmation.

Homily

Renewal of Baptismal Promises

(The Confirmation candidates are invited to stand)

Bishop/celebrant:

Together Candidates:

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Candidates:

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Do you renounce Satan, and all his works and empty promises? I do. Do you believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth? I do. Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary, suffered death and was buried, rose again from the dead and is seated at the right hand of the Father? I do. Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who today through the Sacrament of Confirmation is given to you in a special way just as he was given to the Apostles on the day of Pentecost? I do. Do you believe in the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting? I do. This is our faith. This is the faith of the Church. We are proud to profess it in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

The Laying on of Hands

Dearly beloved, let us pray to God the almighty Father, for these, his adopted sons and daughters, already born again to eternal life in Baptism, that he will graciously pour out the Holy Spirit upon them to confirm them

with his abundant gifts, and through his anointing fully to Christ, the Son of God.

conform them more

(All pray in silence)

(The Bishop/celebrant lays hands over all those to be confirmed) Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who brought these your servants to new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, freeing them from sin:

send upon them, O Lord, the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete; give them the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and fortitude, the spirit of knowledge and piety; fill them with the spirit of the fear of the Lord. Through Christ our Lord.

All:

Amen.

Anointing with Chrism

(Gentle, instrumental music plays in the background as each Candidate approaches the celebrant with their sponsor by their side. They pass the celebrant the card containing their Confirmation details. Sponsor places their right hand on the candidates shoulder and says the name of the one to be confirmed to the Bishop/celebrant. The Bishop dips the tip of the thumb of his right hand in the Chism and, with the thumb, makes the sign of the Cross on the forehead of the one to be confirmed, as he says

Bishop/celebrant:

Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit

Candidate:

Amen.

Celebrant:

Peace be with you.

Candidate:

And with your spirit.

Prayers of Intercession (Students may choose to use prayers of intercession written in class)

Response:

Holy Spirit, give us your strength and courage.

Reader 1:

We pray for our Pope. May he continue to remind us how we should always reflect our God who is good. We pray …

Reader 2:

We pray for our Archbishop (or bishop), our priests and all in religious life.

May they continue to show strength and courage, being good models for how we should live the Beatitudes. We pray …

Reader 3:

We pray for all the sick and dying known by members of our school community. May all be strengthened by the Holy Spirit and continue to be courageous. We pray …

Reader 4:

We pray for all those present. Sometimes it is hard to choose between right and wrong. At times we become afraid and lack courage because of what others might think of us. May the Holy Spirit deepen our inner strength and help us to stand up for others who are treated unjustly. We pray

Bishop/celebrant:

O God, who gave the Holy Spirit to your Apostles, and willed that through them and their successors the same Spirit be handed on to the rest of the faithful, listen favourably to our prayer, and grant that your divine grace, which was at work when the Gospel was first proclaimed, may now spread through the hearts of those who believe in you. Through Christ our Lord.

All

Amen.

Offertory Procession:

Offertory Hymn:

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Liturgy of the Eucharist

Presenting the Bread and Wine

Eat this Breadby Jacques Berthier

Preparation of the Altar

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the bread we offer you: fruit of the earth and work of human hands, it will become for us the bread of life.

Blessed by God forever.

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the wine we offer you: fruit of the vine and work of human hands, it will become our spiritual drink.

Blessed be God forever

(The congregation are invited to stand)

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Pray, brothers and sisters, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father.

May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy Church

Prayer Over the Gifts

God our father, may the bread and wine we bring to this Table become for us the Body and Blood of Christ. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord be with you.

And with your spirit.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right and just.

Holy, Holy

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

(The congregation are invited to kneel)

Amen

All:

Amen, Amen.

All:

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Communion Hymns:

Reflection Hymn:

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The Lords Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil, graciously grant peace in our days that, by the help of your mercy, we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress, as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and for ever.

Peace

The peace of the Lord be with you always.

And with your spirit.

Let us offer each other the sign of peace.

Lamb of God

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, grant us peace.

(The congregation are invited to kneel)

Holy Communion

Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.

Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

Shine Jesus Shineby Graham Kendrick

‘Our Hearts Burn Within Us’ by Andrew Chin

Sung by the Confirmation Candidates

Still’ by Hillsong United

Prayer After Communion

Lord God, we have come to your table to be nourished by your life giving food. Remain in us as we now leave to do your will.

Amen.

Concluding Rite

Bow down for the Blessing

May God the Father almighty bless you, whom he has made his adopted sons and daughters reborn from water and the Holy Spirit, and may he keep you worthy of his fatherly love.

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Amen:

Recessional Hymn:

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Amen.

May his Only Begotten Son, who promised that the Spirit of truth would abide in his Church, bless you and confirm you by his power in the confession of the true faith.

Amen.

May the Holy Spirit, who kindles the fire of charity in the hearts of disciples, bless you and lead you blameless and gathered as one into the joy of the Kingdom of God.

Amen.

And may almighty God bless all of you, who are gathered here, the Father, + and the Son, + and the Holy + Spirit.

Amen.

Lord I Lift Your Name on Highby Rick Founds