On Saturday , with sunshine and breezes, our Diocese for the first time in about 50 years conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Extraordinary Form. My two oldest sons were "Sealed in Christ," and are now soldiers in Christ.After the ceremony, according to the 1962 missal, we had a party at our house for 30 visiting family members.
My oldest picked St. Joseph for his Confirmation name. We first named our homeschool after St. Joseph and have often talked about his merits. He is the patron of the Church, of fathers and workers. He was a champion and protector of the unborn...a just man...who obeyed God faithfully.
My 2nd son picked St. Anthony of Padua, who he's been attached to from early on. He has always had a devotion to this Saint and intercessor for lost things. As I was having the cake made, I was struck by how both Saints are holding the babe Christ. I pray my sons always feel the same nearness to Our Lord, the same devotion.
Then, on Sunday, it was our parish Mass that begins with Crowning Mary...what a holy, memorable and treasured weekend!