Order of Confirmation
The Introduction to the Order of Confirmation gives an importance to the Liturgy of the Word:
Great emphasis should be placed on the celebration of the word of God that introduces the Rite of Confirmation. For it is from the hearing of the word of God that the many-sided work of the Holy Spirit flows out upon the Church and upon each one of the baptized or confirmed and that the Lord’s will is made known in the life of Christians. [OC 13]
Note from the Lectionary
Readings are presented in pairings. These are suggestions only. Any other suitable pairing may be used
In the first column a number of sigla are used to indicate information about the readings and to suggest a clear way of indicating each reading during preparation for the Confirmation liturgy.
- O = Old Testament
- P = Responsorial Psalm
- N - New Testament
- V - Alleluia Verse and Verses before the Gospel (Gospel Acclamation)
- G = Gospel
A summary list of readings is available for download:
- OC Lectionary List (pdf)
- A summary list of readings.
- Order of Confirmation Biblical Readings (pdf)
- Provides the texts of all the Readings given in the Order of Confirmation
- Includes a guide to choosing the Readings
|Readings from Old Testament|
|Each reading is paired with a recommended psalm.||psalm||text|
|O1||Isaiah 11:1–4a||On him the spirit of the Lord rests.||103|
|O2||Isaiah 42:1–3||I have endowed my servant with my spirit.||144|
|O3||Isaiah 61:l–3a, 6a, 8b–9||The Lord has anointed me. He has sent me to bring good news to the poor and to give them the oil of gladness.||21|
|O4||Ezekiel 36:24–28||I shall put my spirit in you.||22|
|O5||Joel 2:23a, 26–30a||Even on the slaves, men and women, will I pour out my Spirit.||103|
|P1||Ps 21 (22):23–24, 26–27, 28 & 31–32 r. 23 or Jn 15:26–27||I will tell of your name to my brethren.
or When the Advocate comes, you will be my witnesses.
|P2||Ps 22 (23):1–3a, 3b–4, 5–6. r. 1||The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.|
|P3||Ps 95 (96):1–2a, 2b–3, 9–10a, 11–12. r.3||Proclaim the wonders of the Lord among all the peoples.|
|P4||Ps 103 (104):1ab 24, 27–28, 30–31, 33–34. r. 30||Send forth your spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.|
|P5||Ps 116 (117):1, 2. r. Ac 1:8||You will be my witnesses to the ends of the earth.
|P6||Ps 144 (145):2–3, 4–5, 8–9, 10–11, 15–16, 21. r. 1b||I will bless your name for ever, O Lord.|
|Readings from New Testament|
|N1||Acts 1:3–8||You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes, and then you will be my witnesses.||103|
|N2||Acts 2:1–6, 14, 22b–23, 32–33||They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak.||116|
|N3||Acts 8:1, 4, 14–17||They laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.||144|
|N4||Acts 10:1, 33–34a, 37–44||The Holy Spirit came down on all the listeners.||95|
|N5||Acts 19:1b–6a||Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?|
|N6||Romans 5:1–2, 5–8||The love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit which has been given us.|
|N7||Romans 8:14–17||The Spirit himself and our spirit bear witness that we are children of God.|
|N8||Romans 8:26–27||The Spirit expresses our plea in a way that could never be put into words.|
|N9||1 Corinthians 12:4–13||One and the same Spirit who distributes different gifts to different people just as he chooses.|
|N10||Galatians 5:16–17, 22–23a, 24–25||Since the Spirit is our life, let us be directed by the Spirit.|
|N11||Ephesians 1:3a, 4a, 13–19a||You have been stamped with the seal of the Holy Spirit of the Promise.|
|N12||Ephesians 4:1–6||One Body, one Spirit, one baptism.|
|Alleluia Verse and Verses before the Gospel|
|V1||John 14:16||The Father will give you another Advocate
to be with you for ever, says the Lord.
|V2||John 15:26b, 27a||The Spirit of truth will be my witness,
and you too will be witnesses, says the Lord.
|V3||John 16:13a; 14:26b||When the Spirit of truth comes
he will lead you to the complete truth;
and he will remind you of all I have said to you.
|V4||Revelation 1:5a, 6||You are the faithful witness, O Christ,
the First-born from the dead;
you have made us a line of kings,
priests to serve our God and Father.
|V5||Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful,
and kindle in them the fire of your love.
|V6||Holy Spirit, Lord of Light,
from the clear celestial height,
thy pure beaming radiance give.
|Gospel Readings are paired with a recommended Gospel Acclamation|
|G1||Matthew 5:1–12a||Theirs is the kingdom of heaven.||5|
|G2||Matthew 16:24–27||If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself.||5|
|G3||Matthew 25:14–30||You have shown you can be faithful in small things, come and join in your master’s happiness.||5|
|G4||Mark 1:9–11||He saw the Spirit descending on him.||4|
|G5||Luke 4:16–22a||The Spirit of the Lord has been given to me.||2|
|G6||Luke 8:4–10a, 11b–15||As for the part in the rich soil, this is people who take the word to themselves and yield a harvest through their perseverance.||5|
|G7||Luke 10:21–24||I bless you, Father, for revealing these things to mere children.||1|
|G8||John 7:37b–39||Fountains of living water shall flow.||3|
|G9||John 14:15–17||The Spirit of truth is with you.||1|
|G10||John 14:23–26||The Holy Spirit will teach you everything.||2|
|G11||John 15:18–21, 26–27||The Spirit of truth who issues from the Father, he will be my witness.||2|
|G12||John 16:5b–7, 12–13a||The Spirit of truth will lead you to the complete truth.||3|