Suggested Scripture Passages for use in 2017 Confirmation Ceremonies During the Jubilee Year of Mercy, we recommended that the Gospel of the Good Samaritan be used in all Confirmation ceremonies in the Archdiocese of Dublin. This received a broad welcome and we would like to continue with a similar Gospel recommendation for Confirmation ceremonies in the Archdiocese for 2017, this time from Matthew chapter 25. We ask that you might choose your other Scripture readings from the passages below – bearing in mind whether your Confirmation ceremony is pre or post Eastertime. The structure of the Liturgy of the Word is normally: First reading Responsorial Psalm (preferably sung) Second reading (this is optional) A Gospel Acclamation (always sung) Gospel Homily. If you have both a First and Second reading – the First is always from the Old Testament and the Second from the New Testament. This can change in EASTERTIME – where we can have the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles followed by a Second from the New Testament.
First Reading:  [PRE EASTER] 1. A reading from the prophet Isaiah    61:1-3 The spirit of the Lord has been given to me, for the Lord has anointed me. He has sent me to bring good news to the poor, to bind up hearts that are broken;
to proclaim liberty to captives, freedom to those in prison; to proclaim a year of favour from the Lord,
a day of vengeance for our God, to comfort all those who mourn and to give them for ashes – a garland for a mourning robe – the oil of gladness, for despondency, praise.
The Word of the Lord.   All: Thanks be to God. 

OR:

A reading from the prophet Ezekiel        36:24-28
The Lord says this: I am going to take you from among the nations and gather you together from all the foreign countries, and bring you home to your own land. I shall pour clean water over you and you will be cleansed; I shall cleanse you of all your defilement and all your idols.

I shall give you a new heart, and put a new spirit in you; I shall remove the heart of stone from your bodies and give you a heart of flesh instead. I shall put my spirit in you, and make you keep my laws and sincerely respect my observances. You will live in the land which I gave your ancestors. You shall be my people and I will be your God.(silence…..)
The Word of the Lord.  All: Thanks be to God.

OR:

In the Easter Season, the 1st reading can be taken from the Acts of the Apostles:
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 2:1-4
When Pentecost day came round, the apostles had all met in one room, when suddenly they heard what sounded like a powerful wind from heaven, the noise of which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and something appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak foreign languages as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech.
The Word of the Lord. All: Thanks be to God.

 Second Reading

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans 8:26-27
The Spirit comes to help us in our weakness. For when we cannot choose words in order to pray properly, the Spirit himself expresses our plea in a way that could never be put into words, and God who knows everything in our hearts knows perfectly well what he means, and that the pleas of the saints expressed by the Spirit are according to the mind of God.
The Word of the Lord. All: Thanks be to God.

 OR:

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Galatians 5:1, 22-25. Be guided by the Spirit, and you will no longer yield to self-indulgence. What the Spirit brings is very different: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control. There can be no law against things like that, of course. You cannot belong to Christ Jesus unless you crucify all self-indulgent passions and desires. Since the Spirit is our life, let us be directed by the Spirit.
The Word of the Lord. All: Thanks be to God.

 OR: A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Ephesians 1: 13. 15-19 Now you too, in Christ Jesus have heard the message of the truth
and the good news of your salvation, and have believed it;
and you too have been stamped
with the seal of the Holy Spirit of the Promise.
I, having once heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus,
and the love that you show towards all the saints,
have never failed to remember you in my prayers and to thank God for you.
May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,
give you a spirit of wisdom and perception of what is revealed,
to bring you to full knowledge of him.
May he enlighten the eyes of your mind so that you can see
what hope his call holds for you,
what rich glories he has promised the saints will inherit
and how infinitely great is the power that he has exercised for us believers.
(silence…..)
The Word of the Lord. All: Thanks be to God.

Gospel acclamation is SUNG : During Lent:
Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ King of eternal glory Glory be to you O Christ, you are the word of God.
Outside of Lent: An Alleluia is sung

GOSPEL: A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew 25: 31-39
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, escorted by all the angels, then he will take his seat on his throne of glory. All the nations will be assembled before him and he will separate people one from another as the shepherd separates sheep from goats. He will place the sheep on his right hand and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right hand, “Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take for your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world.
For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you made me welcome; naked and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me.”
Then the virtuous will say to him in reply, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you; or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and make you welcome; naked and clothe you; sick or in prison and go to see you?” And the King will answer, “I tell you solemnly, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it to me.”’
The Gospel of the Lord. All: Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.