Many people think that confirmation is the end of our students’ faith life in journeying with Jesus. However, it is wrong. It is just the beginning of every young adult like me to respond to His will by taking active involvement in the church ministries.
Before I was confirmed by Archbishop Julian, I was so excited that I would be receiving the Holy Spirit into my life spiritually and mentally after 11 years of learning about His life in the Catechism.
During the celebration, I started to feel nervous when queuing up to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Filled with such immense anxiety, I almost forgot what to say and do, but luckily, I knew Jesus was with me all the time. When the time came, I stood before the bishop and my sponsor laid one of his hands on my shoulder. Later on, the archbishop anointed me by using oil of Chrism to make the sign of the cross on my forehead while saying my confirmation name and “Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit”. Suddenly, I felt some kind of warmth enveloping in my heart and I sensed a powerful presence that gave me comfort.
But don’t be afraid. Even if you don’t feel any of this, feel His presence within your heart that he is with you and dwells in you.
It was a proud moment for me and the other confirmands, 18 from my class, 2 from Risen Christ Church and 13 from our Myanmar community (here in St. Joseph’s Church), that our big community joined us and witnessed this gracious occasion. Together, we can now live up the life of Christ and serve the ministries using the talent we received from God. I personally would continue to serve Jesus as a music band player.
By Aaron Lim Song Chen
|Main Celebrant:||Most Rev. Julian Yeow
Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur
|Assisted by:||Rev. Fr. Frederick Joseph (Parish Priest)
Msgr. James Gnanapiragasam (Priest In-Residence)
Rev. Fr. Robert Kham (Myanmar)
Rev. Fr. Edwin Peter (Church of the Risen Christ)
|Catechism Teachers:||Simon Pau (Myanmar)
John Bosco Morais
Gerard Anthony (Church of the Risen Christ)
|Photographers:||Edwin Francis Xavier