Monday, June 23, 2008

Sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit

The Solemn High Mass with the Sacrament of Confirmation was celebrated by His Lordship Bishop Antony Selvanayagam of Penang. It was a beautiful celebration which was the climax of the journey of faith undertaken by these 42 young people who are now full adult members of Christ's Church and miles Jesu.

I wont comment much and let the photos speak for themselves.

Compare and Contrast

Last year:
DSC06441


DSC06396

The Godparents/sponsors sat behind the candidates. The dress code was not uniform. There were actually people sitting in front of the candidates.

DSC06388

No antependium. Plain hanging on the ambo. Servers in albs and capes.

DSC06491

This year:
DSC08856
Me and my students. The girls were wearing nice lace mantillas from the Philippines and white dresses. The boys were in black pants, white shirts and ties.

DSC08858

The entrance procession was solemn and dignified.

DSC08860
A sight unseen on these shores since Vatican II? I don't know.

DSC08861

DSC08862
The servers were vested in black cassocks and surplice.

DSC08864
The altar was arrayed in a proper antependium of red velvet and cloth of gold. The good book holder was also used.

DSC08865

DSC08873
The ambo hanging was also of red velvet and cloth of gold.

DSC08936
Note the deep bow before the bishop.

DSC08937

DSC08938

DSC08939

DSC08940

DSC08944

DSC08945

DSC08948

DSC08953

The Roman Canon was used in this 3 hour Mass.

DSC08954

DSC08955

DSC08956

DSC08957

DSC08958

DSC08959

DSC08962

DSC08963

DSC08971

DSC08972

DSC08982

Communion was given on the tongue.

DSC08983

DSC08987

DSC09038

For the parents and Godparents as well.

DSC09039

DSC09058

DSC09059

DSC09068

The Solemn Blessing.

DSC09070

Thanks for sharing this experience with us. I hope that these photos leave you edified.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

mantillas,the black and white uniform,the communion on the tongue is a good start ...

but pity you may not have a job next year ..hehehe

Andrew said...

Actually, dear friend, I just took over the F4 class on Sunday, to prepare them to receive the Sacrament next year. We invited the Bishop, His Lordship Antony Selvanayagam to the class to talk to the kids last Sunday and his feedback was very positive.

Our parish priest has been very supportive as well. The ties and mantillas were paid for by the parish.

Anyway, I do look forward to your correspondence so we may further discuss this. My email: andrew4jc [at] gmail.com

Jackie Parkes said...

Incredible pictures..

Anonymous said...

I am glad that you took over. Hopefully you would have more latin in your classes and tell the youth more about the tridentine masses and the values and traditions that we have lost

Archistrategos said...

My grandma used to make a mean mantilla; one time she made one for my aunt, it was this beautiful, black, heavy lace mantilla complete with the comb like the Spanish ladies wear it. It's one of the most treasured heirlooms in our family!

By the way these pics are truly amazing! God bless you Andrew for doing such an incredible job!

Augustine said...

Looks fantastic. Now how long before you're the bishop celebrating? :-P

Andrew said...

Quod Deus avertat!

M@rK said...

I'llbe back next year and am willing to help out if need be. Also, I notice that the makeshift missal I made is still being used. Maybe you can ask if some money from the cathecatical fund for books can be used in purchasing a real missal. i can get it from here in Dubs

Andrew said...

No, it's a completely different Missal. Only the cover was reused to save costs.

As you know, the reason we use an attenuated version is so that the Roman Canon is the only option.

Anonymous said...

The candidates looked like Confirmation candidates! I know you worked hard to prepare them, too. Thank you for the pictures.
God bless
+JMJ+
amr

one of your 'children' said...

GREAT BLOG! HOPE YOU WIN THE BEST CATHOLIC BLOG, BY THE WAY WHY DON'T YOU JOIN FRIENDSTER?