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confirmation preparation - lesson 13

"What does the Holy Spirit do for me?"

Since the eleventh century, Veni Sancte Spiritus (Come Holy Spirit) has been chanted before the Gospel on Pentecost Sunday. The prayer beautifully shows our need for the Holy Spirit in our lives and how helpless we are without Him. Let's read it today for our opening prayer. (page 115)

+ In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit...

Come, Holy Spirit, send forth the heavenly radiance of your light.

Come, Father of the poor.

Come, giver of gifts.

Come, light of the heart.

Greatest comforter, sweet guest of the soul,

sweet consolation: in labor, rest; in heat, temperance; in tears, solace.

O most blessed light, fill the inmost heart of your faithful.

Without your grace, there is nothing in us, nothing that is not harmful.

Cleanse what is unclean,

Water what is dry.

Heal what has been wounded.

Flex what is inflexible.

Warm what is chilled.

Correct what has gone astray.

Give to your faithful, those who trust in you,

the sevenfold gifts.

Grant the reward of virtue, the deliverance of salvation, and our eternal joy.


To introduce our topic today, read the Dive in story:

Horvath's Violin

page 116

Next move onto the video series: Lesson 13, segments 1, 2, and 3. After each video answer the segment questions on page 117.

Watch it: segment 1

What was the most exciting gift you ever received?

What was the most helpful gift you ever received? How was it helpful to you?

watch it: segment 2

What are the seven Isaiahan Gifts of the Holy Spirit, and what are some examples of how they help us in our daily lives?

What are some of the gifts you see play out in your life, and how can you make better use of them?

watch it: segment 3

Name the charismatic Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Which of these gifts would you most like to have, and why?

Name the twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit. Give some examples of how they play out in everyday life.

Have you selected a Confirmation saint name? How did that saint show the fruits, gifts, and charisms of the Holy Spirit in his or her life?


To the Heart with Christ Padgett

page 118

In continuation of our search for a confirmation name, meet our hero of the week on page 120: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton!

Finally, choose a challenge for the week! Keep up the good work!

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