Confirmation photos from 2003
It is also called 'Whitsunday' or 'Whitsun' because of the old practice of having baptisms and confirmations on that day - hence the wearing of white garments. Adult candidates received both sacraments at the same time. The liturgical colour for the Feast is red.
The name Pentecost comes from the Greek for fiftieth day, that is, the fiftieth day after the second day of the passover. (Gr.pentecoste=50th). It was a Jewish harvest festival and the anniversary of the giving of the Law to Moses on Mount Sinai. It was natural then for the Christians to use this date to commemorate the day of fulfilment of the promise of Jesus, that he would send his Spirit on them to prepare them for their mission of taking the gospel to the world. The name "Whitsun" is used throughout the English -speaking world because it was the day on which the new Christians were baptised and received into the church. They would wear white robes as a sign that they were beginning a new life, the life of the spirit, and white is still worn for this reason for baptisms, first Communions, and weddings.
The apostles were gathered together to pray and to celebrate the Jewish Pentecost in an upper room. They were still fearful, for although Jesus had reassured them that he would be with them for all time they still did not quite believe.
"Suddenly there was a noise from the sky which sounded like a strong wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then they saw what looked liked tongues of fire which spread out and touched every person there. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk in other languages as the Spirit enabled them to speak."
A large crowd gathered when they heard the noise. Some of them who came from many different countries, were amazed to hear the apostles addressing them in their own languages, but others, seeing how excited they were assumed they were drunk!
Peter stood up and addressed the crowd in a loud voice, quoting from the prophet Joel:
"This is what I will do in the last days," God said,
"I will pour out my Spirit on everyone.
Your sons and daughters will proclaim my message:
your young men will see visions,
and your old men will dream dreams.
Yes, even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will proclaim my message...."
"Day after day they met as a group in the Temple, and they had their meals together in their homes, eating with glad and humble hearts, praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people, and every day the Lord added to their group those who were being saved." ..."Many miracles and wonders were being done through the apostles, and everyone was filled with awe. All the believers continued together in close fellowship and shared their belongings with one another. They would sell their property and possessions, and distribute the money among all, according to what each one needed."
|The children to be confirmed stand up||A blessing with holy water|
|The candidates come forward||The anointing with the oil of chrism|
|Presentation of certificates in the Parish Centre|