At the same time as children receive their First Holy Communion, those in the final year at the Middle or Primary schools, receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Upon doing so, they begin to undertake those same responsibilities, which their parents and God-parents made on their behalf when they were babies and were baptized. Now they stand before God as fully-fledged Christian adults. They will bear witness to Christ to the whole world, through their faith and their happiness in being disciples of the Lord. The Holy Spirit seals that witness with the gifts of His Love. Traditionally, we speak of the 12 gifts of the Holy Spirit: charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, and chastity.
Let us pray for our new Confirmands, that they may show to the world, the joy of being His disciples (John 15).