The Confirmation Mass goes very much like a regular Sunday Mass, except for four parts that are special for Confirmation. If it’s been a while since you attended Mass in person, due to the pandemic, here’s a 9-minute video to refresh your memory 🙂 https://youtu.be/dDn0eJhjPcE

The different “Confirmation” parts of the Mass are emphasized below, and also what the candidate or sponsor needs to do or say.

LITURGY OF THE WORD

The readings! It’s be great if you were familiar with the readings in advance. That would be the sort of “fully initiated Catholic thing” we want you to do, especially after you’re Confirmed 🙂

On the Sunday of your Confirmation, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. In that Gospel reading, you will hear The Great Commission, where you are empowered to go out in the world and make disciples! That’s an awesome thing for you to hear, when you are being received into the Church as a full member!

Special for Confirmation Mass

** Presentation of the Candidates for Confirmation **

Here, Fr Paul presents the Candidates to the bishop.

HOMILY

This is when the the bishop breaks open the readings to give us a fuller understanding of the scriptures and how it applies to our lives.

Special for Confirmation Mass

RENEWAL OF BAPTISMAL PROMISES

After the homily, the Bishop will ask the CANDIDATES to stand in place and renew their Baptismal Promises by responding “I do” to each question. The Bishop will give some introductory remarks and then:

 

Bishop: Do you reject Satan and all his works and all his empty promises?

Candidates: I do!

 

Bishop: Do you believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth?

Candidates: I do!

 

Bishop: Do you belief in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary, was crucified, died and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father?

Candidates: I do!

 

Bishop: Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of Life, who came upon the apostles at Pentecost and today is given to you sacramentally in confirmation?

Candidates: I do!

 

Bishop: Do you believe in the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting?

Candidates: I do!

 

Bishop: This is our faith. This is the faith of the Church. We are proud to profess it in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Assembly: Amen!

 

THE LAYING ON OF HANDS

During the Laying on of Hands, the Bishop will invide the CANDIDATES  to kneel.

The Bishop then faces the candidates and addresses the assembly:

Bishop: My dear friends, in Baptism God our Father gave the new birth of eternal life to his chosen sons and daughters. Let us pray to our Father that he will pour out the Holy Spirit to strengthen his sons and daughters with his gifts and anoint them to be more like Christ the Son of God.

 

All pray in silence for a short time. The Bishop and the concelebrating priests, if so invited by the Bishop, will extend his hands over the candidates.

 

Bishop: All powerful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, by water and the Holy Spirit you freed your sons and daughters from sin and gave them new life. Send your Holy Spirit upon them to be their Helper and Guide. Give them the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence. Fill them with the spirit of wonder and awe in your presence. We ask this through Christ our Lord

Assembly: Amen!

 

THE ANOINTING WITH CHRISM

The Confirmation team will guide each candidate and sponsor to the approach the Bishop at the altar, as at the Saturday practice. 

The sponsor stands behind the candidate and places their right hand on the candidate’s right shoulder.

The Bishop anoints the forehead of the confirmand with the oil of chrism, as he says:

Bishop: <Confirmation Name>, be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.

Candidate: Amen!

Bishop: Peace be with you.

Candidate: And with your spirit.

The newly confirmed and their sponsor return to their pew, following the flow practiced on Saturday

The newly confirmed should leave the oil on their forehead until at least after Mass is ended.

“HANDY” TIP: The best way to remove it **after Mass** is to use the palm of your hand to wipe it from the forehead, and then work it in to the hands like you are washing your hands (think of it as holy hand lotion!).

After the anointing, Mass continues pretty much like other Sunday Masses.

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL

This is the part where we say “Lord, hear our prayer.” Listen to each prayer that will be spoken. These will be special prayers for the newly Confirmed!

LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST

The Mass continues with the Liturgy of the Eucharist, like with a Sunday Mass. What will be different now with the pandemic is this:

⇒ The assembly will remain in their pews to receive Communion.

⇒ Before Communion, a volunteer will bring hand sanitizer to everyone in their seats (all with their face masks on)

⇒ Then, the Bishop or priest will be bring Communion to everyone in their seats (all with their face masks on)

⇒ During the pandemic, Communion is only given in the hands, for the safety of our community.

⇒ The priest or bishop places Communion into your “enthroned” hands (that’s just a church word for when you have both hands, palms facing up, with the top hand in the palm of the bottom hand) as pictured.

⇒ Wait until the priest or bishop is 6′ away. Then with one hand holding the Body of Christ, uncover your mouth and consume Jesus and replace your face mask afterwards. It’s best to touch only the “ear loop” of your mask while you do this.

ALL the newly Confirmed and their Sponsors should receive the Body of Christ!

Receiving the Body of Christ on Enthroned Hands