Confirmation Readings 2018

Cashel and Emly Archdiocese

1st Reading
A reading from the First Book of Samuel. (3:1-10.19.20)

Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.
The boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord in the presence of Eli; it was rare for the Lord to speak in those days; visions were uncommon. One day, it happened that Eli was lying down in his room. His eyes were beginning to grow dim; he could no longer see. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying in the sanctuary of the Lord where the ark of God was, when the Lord called, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ He answered, ‘Here I am’. Then he ran to Eli and said, ‘Here I am, since you called me’. Eli said, ‘I did not call. Go back and lie down.’
So he went and lay down. Once again the Lord called, ‘Samuel!, Samuel!’ Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, ‘Here I am, since you called me.’ He replied, ‘I did not call you, my son; go back and lie down’. Samuel had as yet no knowledge of the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. Once again the Lord called, the third time. He got up and went to Eli and said, ‘Here I am since you called me’. Eli then understood it was the Lord who was calling the boy, and he said to Samuel, ‘Go and lie down, and if someone calls say, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening”’. So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
The Lord then came and stood by, calling as he had done before, ‘Samuel!, Samuel!’ Samuel answered, ‘Speak, Lord, your servant is listening’.
Samuel grew up, and the Lord was with him.
This is the Word of the Lord.

Optional: (The children may have prepared a psalm to sing or the following Psalm 26)

Psalm 26
Response: The Lord is my light and my help
The Lord is my light and my help;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
Before whom shall I shrink?
There is one think I ask of the Lord,
For this I long,
To live in the house of the Lord,
All the days of my life,
To savour the sweetness of the Lord,
To behold his temple.
I am sure I shall see the Lord’s goodness
In the land of the living.
Hope in him, hold firm and take heart,
Hope in the Lord.

2nd Reading
A Reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Colossians

You are God’s chosen race, his saints, he loves you, and you should be clothed in sincere compassion, in kindness and humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with one another, forgive each other as soon as a quarrel begins. The Lord has forgiven you; now you must do the same. Over all these clothes to keep them together and complete them, put on love. And may the peace of Christ reign in your hearts because it is for this that you were called together as parts of one body. Always be thankful.
Let the message of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you, teach each other, and advise each other, in all wisdom. With gratitude in your hearts sing psalms and hymns and inspired songs to God: and never do or say anything except in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
This is the word of the Lord

(A teacher is welcome to have the above reading read in Irish)

Acclamation for Lent Psalm 94:8
Glory to you, O Christ, you are the Word of God!
Harden not your hearts today
But listen to the voice of the Lord.
Glory to you, O Christ, you are the Word of God!

Alleluia for Easter Time Romans 8:15
Alleluia, Alleluia!
The Spirit you received is the spirit of power
And it makes us cry out, ‘Abba, Father!

A Reading from the Gospel according to Saint John 15:5, 7-11
Jesus said to his disciples:
“I am the vine you are the branches.
Whoever remains in me with me in him, bears fruit in plenty.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask what you will and you shall get it.
It is to the glory of my Father that you should bear much fruit and then you will be my disciples.
As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my own joy may be in you and your joy be complete.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.