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Friday, May 31, 2013

phfr: ~ Confirmation Celebrations ~

Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Fear of the Lord
I found these beautiful wooden 'Come Holy Spirit' signs and then printed out each Confirmand's name to designate their seat & to reserve a pew for their family.

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The sanctuary was so beautiful in red...
Butterfly's cake was from our favorite cake shop (downtown)...and similiar to Conductor's cake.
So beautiful, so delicious.
This is the moment that has been anticipated...
Come Holy Spirit!
I wasn't able to capture "The Slap"
I love the picture above (lower left) where big brother (and MC) is assisting his sister.  Butterfly read the Prayer of the Faithful (above, right). 
She is pictured with her sponsor (lower right)
We had a full house...ten of the Confirmandi came together and continued  the joyous celebration at our home.  We were surrounded by families and friends - it was an absolutely wonderful day!!! 
There was singing and laughter and a good time was had by all...
Did I mention Singing!?!  They were singing beautiful music, playing the piano and singing songs like Ave Verum Corpus!!!!  No prompting, no planning.  It was simply spontaneous and from the heart (and soul)...us adults heard this glorious sound (coming from the inside of the house)...
as we file into the house,  we found this scene (above).
I had to hold back tears...I was so struck and overwhelmed.
These are our teens!!!  Needless to say, us mothers (and fathers) were beyond pleased.
And yet ANOTHER reason why I/we home-school.
One of the young men even broke out an accordion...it was a wild party, I tell ya!
 Butterfly chose two different cakes, chocolate and rasberry in fondant and lemon with light lemon creme in whipped cream...we made the toppers on the whipped cream cake, while my baker made the topper on the fondant cake.  Two cakes were perfect...last year we had cake coming out of our ears more than enough!

~ The Catechists ~
Husband is wearing his RED tie...
going over the particulars.
~ The MC (Master of Ceremonies) ~
My son making sure things run flawlessly, (and they did).

Our good friends (who's daughter also made her Confirmation) put out this spread!!!
Aren't those 'Tongues of Fire' in the middle of the meat tray great!?! 
So creative and festive!
Everyone pitched in to make an amazing feast for all....
I wasn't able to take a picture of our traditional 'First Communion Punch', now called 'Confirmation Punch' - it was a big hit! 
And below is our beloved pastor leading us all in song...
 it was a remarkable day!
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Confirmation Prayer
O Holy Spirit of God; take me as Thy disciple.
Guide me, illuminate me, sanctify me. Bind my hands that they may do no evil.
Cover my eyes that they may see it no more. Sanctify my heart that evil may not dwell within me.
Be Thou my God. Be Thou my guide.
Whatsoever Thou forbiddest me I will renounce.
And whatsoever Thou commandest me, in Thy strength I will do.
Lead me then unto the fullness of Thy truth.

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