Sunday, June 3, 2012

Trinity Sunday - Pentecost Sunday Confirmations at the Cathedral

God our Father, who by sending into the world the Word of truth and the Spirit of sanctification made known to the human race your wondrous mystery, grant us, we pray, that in profession the true faith, we may acknowledge the Trinity of eternal glory and adore your Unity, powerful in majesty. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

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Last Sunday was a busy time in Ottawa with the Marathon and Race Weekend events.  It was also the Solemnity of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Church.

As I have done regularly in previous years at Pentecost, this offered an opportunity at the Cathedral celebration for those adolescents and adults from throughout the Archdiocese who for one reason or another have missed being confirmed to come together in the mother church for Confirmation, after being prepared for the celebration in their own parishes. 

We held two celebrations at noon in English and at 5:15 PM in French with a hundred members of our Church of Ottawa being confirmed.  Here are some photos from the latter celebration (which also included the youth of Ecole Sainte-Anne, which is associated with the Cathedral Parish. 

Congratulations to all the newly confirmed!

Accompany with your blessing from this day forward, O Lord, those who have been anointed with the Holy Spirit and nourished by the Sacrament of your Son, so that, with all trials overcome, they may gladden your Church by their holiness and, through their works and their charity, foster her growth in the world.

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