“Maria-Therese, I sign thee with the sign + of the Cross, and I confirm thee with the chrism of salvation; in the Name of the Father + and of the Son + and of the Holy + Ghost.”
Just as Abram became Abraham, as Jacob became Israel, as Simon became Peter, and as Saul became Paul, the confirmand takes on the name of a Saint when he is sealed to the Holy Ghost. This isn’t necessary for the sake of validity, but it is the traditional practice of the Church, and especially important for those whose Baptismal names are pagan.
Acts 8:14-17 “Now, when the apostles, who were in Jerusalem, had heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John. Who, when they were come, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Ghost. For he was not as yet come upon any of them: but they were only baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid their hands upon them: and they received the Holy Ghost.
Ephesians 4:30 “And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God: whereby you are sealed unto the day of redemption.”
Cookie was confirmed this past Sunday at the Cathedral in Nashville. This was the first time we had been to the Cathedral. It was beautiful and the music sounded like angels. She asked Fr. Kevin Peek, a lifelong friend of the family, to be her Sponsor. Fr. Kevin has been a source of friendship and support over the years and has always made time to be there for Cookie.
`Where the Bishop is, there let the multitude of believers be;
even as where Jesus is, there is the Catholic Church” Ignatius of Antioch, 1st c. A.D
The Bishop welcomed Fr Kevin before the Mass began and then again thanked him for Concelebrating at the end of the Mass. His memory for names and details was very accurate. The Bishop confirmed over six Churches and schools from the surrounding Diocese.
Confirmation gives us the sanctifying grace to become perfect Christians and true soldiers of Christ. Confirmation indelibly seals us to the Holy Ghost, hence its name, “Sacrament of the Seal.” Because this seal is indelible and leaves a permanent mark on the recipient’s soul, the Sacrament, like Baptism and Holy Orders, may be received only once. God confirms us (strengthens us) so we may do spiritual battle.
We were given permission to take pictures from afar making sure not to use a flash. I think the pictures turned out beautiful and are a special keepsake for Cookie.
I took this picture (above) before mass to make sure it worked without the flash. (Below) She’s wearing a sweet white dress given to her by her grandparents, Nana and Guka. Her pearl earrings were a gift from her Aunt and Uncle, and a sweet cross and pearl necklace given to her by my parents, Honey and Hoppy.
We gave her the James Avery Purity ring. Since she chose St. Maria Goretti and St Therese as her Confirmation name, we thought it was a perfect gift. Here is Fr. Kevin blessing her ring after the Mass at the water font in the back of the church.
After Mass, Bishop Choby was leaving and saw two of our girls off to the side. He walked right up to them and said, I remember you! And then began to carry on a conversation with them remembering talking to them before the Mass.
Let us pray. O God, You gave Your Holy Spirit to Your apostles, and willed that through them and their successors the same gift should be delivered to all the faithful: look graciously on the service we humbly render to You; grant that the same Spirit, coming down upon those whose foreheads we have annointed with the holy chrism, and signed with the sign of the holy cross, may by His gracious indwelling make them a temple of His glory, You Who are God, living and reigning with the Father and the Holy Spirit, world without end.
(Information for Confirmation was taken from Fisheaters)