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"COME HOLY SPIRIT COME" RECEIVING THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION

 

By: Hilda Alphonso

 

NORTH ARABIAN VICARIATE, MAY 23, 2013: "Come Holy Spirit, Come" was the chant of one hundred thirty four candidates on May 17, 2013 at the St. Therese of the Child Jesus Church, North Arabian Vicariate who were sealed with the "gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit". The Holy Eucharist was celebrated by His Grace Archbishop Petar Rajic, witnessed by the Parish Community.

 

In preparation for this auspicious day, a few programs were organized for these children and their parents under the guidance of the Parish Priest. Two special orientation sessions (in addition to regular catechism classes) were conducted for these children and their parents titled "Gifts of the Holy Spirit" and "How to live a Christian life."

 

As well, these children also participated in a half-day retreat conducted by Fr. Franco Pereira. "As we journeyed through the spiritual garden of the Retreat, we came to realize that we are now responsible for our faith and for making critical decisions in our lives" said one student.

 

And finally, Confessions were also arranged for all the children and their parents as they prepared themselves to receive the sacrament of confirmation.

 

On the day of their Confirmation, all the children were uniformly dressed and waited in great anticipation to receive the Holy Spirit. They were soon anointed with Chrism and with the laying of hands followed by the words "Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit", they welcomed the Holy Spirit into their lives.

 

"Now that I have received the Holy Spirit, I feel more firmly bound to Jesus" said one excited child after the Confirmation ceremony. His father was quick to add, "It also means that you must now spread and defend your faith by both word and action." This conversation so aptly summed up the significance of this wonderful sacrament to all those around.

 

Special thanks go out to all the Catechists for their tireless efforts in preparing our children for this Sacrament. As well, we wish to thank all those who helped with the various arrangements to ensure the Ceremony proceeded efficiently and prayerfully.

 

                

 

 

 

1 comment:

Steve Finnell said...

DO MEN RECEIVE THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT THE MOMENT THEY BELIEVE?

When do Christians receive the indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit? In other words when do believers in Christ receive the person of the Holy Spirit? Do men receive the gift of the Holy Spirit the moment they believe in Jesus or is it after they-believe-repent- confess-and are baptized in water?

Except for the special case of Cornelius, his family, and friends, believers do not receive the indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit until they are baptized in water as the apostle Peter commanded. Cornelius received the Holy Spirit to prove to Jewish Christians that salvation was for the Gentiles as well.

The apostle Paul found some disciples of Christ and asked this question. (Acts 19:2 He said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" And they said to him, "No, we have not even heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.")

Contrary to what some Bible commentaries say, Paul did ask them if they had spoken in tongues or received other spiritual gifts since they believed.

Point: These disciples of Christ were already believers. They not only had not received the indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit, they had not even heard that there was a Holy Spirit.

Acts 19:3-4 And he said, "Into what then were you baptized?" And they said, "Into John's baptism." 4 Paul said, "John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in Him who, was coming after him, that is, in Jesus."

John's baptism was not valid after the Day of Pentecost. Even though they believed in Jesus they did not receive the Holy Spirit.

Acts 19:5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

They needed to be baptized as Jesus instructed (In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit Matt.28:19) and as the apostle Peter implemented, in order to receive forgiveness of sins and to receive the indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38)

After they were baptized in water Paul laid his hands on them and they spoke in tongues and began prophesying.(Acts 19:6)
Paul did not impart the indwelling gift of the person of the Holy Spirit. They received the Holy Spirit Himself at the time of their being baptized in the name of the Lord.

Romans 1:11 For I long to see you so, that I may impart some spiritual gift to you, that you may be established;

The apostle Paul and the rest of the apostles could impart spiritual gifts, to Christians, through the laying on of hands, however, they did not have the power to give the person of the Holy Spirit to others.

WATER AND SPIRIT ARE LINKED

John 3:5 Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

WATER AND THE SPIRIT

Titus 3:5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration [water baptism] and renewing by the Holy Spirit.

WATER AND THE SPIRIT

The three thousand souls on the Day of Pentecost did not receive the indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit until there were baptized in the name of the Lord.

The twelve men at Ephesus did not receive the indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit until they were baptized in the name of the Lord.

MEN TODAY, DO NOT RECEIVE THE INDWELLING GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT THE MOMENT THEY BELIEVE

MEN RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT AFTER THEY ---BELIEVE---THEY REPENT---THEY CONFESS JESUS AS LORD AND SAVIOR---AND ARE IMMERSED IN WATER FOR THE REMISSION OF THEIR SINS.

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