Before the Risen Jesus left his disciples, he promised that he would send another Advocate to be with them for ever, so that they could spread the message of his Good News throughout the world. On the Day of Pentecost, the disciples experienced the truth of this promise when they were filled with the Holy Spirit. It is the same Spirit who enters our lives in an active way in Confirmation.
This was the pattern in the early Church: first people were baptised, and then they had hands laid on them to empower them to live and preach the Gospel. This pattern continues today as we become part of the Church. First, we are baptised with water in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Then, in Confirmation, a bishop, a successor to the Apostles, lays hands on us and prays for us, so that we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, who comes to make a home in us.
We will be taking candidates to be confirmed at the Cathedral on Saturday 25 November. Adults and children will be prepared in relaxed and informal groups in the weeks running up to the Confirmation. If you haven’t been confirmed (or baptised), please think about it… and speak to the Clergy to register your interest or to ask any questions. We’d love to help in any way we can.