The Celebration of Confirmation

The Celebration of Confirmation
When one thinks of confirmation the Holy Spirit automatically comes to mind.  The Holy Spirit ascended upon the apostles and the Blessed Virgin on the day we now refer to as Pentecost.  This was, in effect, the first confirmation.

In confirmation parties any reverent reference to the Holy Spirit is acceptable.  This may be in the form of medals or charms
Or something less significant as a bookmark with the confirmation recipient's name, and confirmation date, a wrapper or a tag but each with some obvious reference to the Holy Spirit.
In Catholic Confirmation one receives seven gifts from the Holy Spirit.  They are: wisdom, understanding, right judgment, courage, knowledge, reverence and piety.  Wisdom in the ability to know God's intention; the ability to understand God's intention; judgment to know right from wrong; courage to be able to carry out God's intention; knowledge of how to carry out God's intention; and to be able to exact God's intention with reverence and piety.

The belief is that the confirmation gifts of the Holy Spirit render us 'soldiers of Christ' and in order to carry out our mission in the Army of the Lord we must be endowed with the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Representation of these gifts may also be given as party favors on candles, cups, frames, key chains. 

The cross or crucifix is a powerful representative of the Holy Spirit.
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Another favor for a confirmation celebration is the gifts of food.  One food commonly associated with Confirmation is Hot Cross Buns. Traditionally, hot cross buns are served on Good Friday as the 'cross' on the surface of the bun represents Christ's crucifixion.  Queen Elizabeth I once created a law forbidding the sale of hot cross buns at any other time of the year.

There have also been various superstitions tied to hot cross buns.  Such as; splitting a hot cross bun would insure everlasting friendship.  Hot cross buns baked on Good Friday would never spoil and they have the power to cure people who are sick.  A hot cross bun hung in the kitchen would protect the residence from fire.

There is even a British nursery rhyme about hot cross buns:
 “Hot cross buns! Hot cross Buns!,
 One a penny, two a penny ,Hot cross buns
.If you have no daughters ,Give them to your sons,
 One a penny, two a penny, Hot cross buns”


Recipe for Hot Cross Buns:

3/4 cup (180 ml) milk
1 package (1/4 oz.) (7 grams) active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon granulated white sugar
3 1/2 - 4 cups (455 - 520 grams) all purpose flour
1/4 cup (55 grams) light brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) (56 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
1/2 cup (85 grams) candied fruit and peel mix
1/4 cup (25 grams) raisins or currants
Egg wash:
1 large egg
1 tablespoon milk or cream
1/2 cup (60 grams) confectioners (powdered or icing) sugar, sifted
1 tablespoon milk or cream
Heat the milk until luke warm, add yeast and sugar, Set aside for 10 minutes to activate the yeast.  Yeast should become foamy
Using an electric mixer combine flour, brown sugar, spices and salt.
Add yeast and mix
Add eggs one at a time and mix well.
With mixer on low gradually add butter
Knead dough five minutes (either by hand or with dough attachment on mixer)
Transfer dough to light floured surface and continue to knead adding in candied and dried fruit.
Place dough in lightly greased bowl.  Turn once to grease all surface and cover until doubled in size  (approximately 1 and 1/2 hours)
Punch dough down and divide into 12 equal parts.  Form each part into a ball and place on parchment lined baking sheet.  Space so there is enough room for each ball to double in size.  Three rows, four across. Wash with a combination of 1 beaten egg and one tablespoon of mile.
Cover with plastic wrap, place in warm spot and allow to rise double in size.
(approximately a half hour to an hour)
Preheat oven 400 degrees.  Brush tops of buns with egg wash and with a sharp knife cut a cross in the top of each bun.
Bake for 15 minutes until buns are golden brown or a toothpick inserted in center come out clean.
Place on wire rack to cool.
Glaze with the mixture of confectioners sugar and milk.

Other food suggestions for a confirmation party are:

Fruits of the Spirit Salad:   Arrange seven different kinds of fruits on a serving sheet,  any combination. 

Seven Layer Bean Dip: Again the seven variety to represent the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit

Tongues of Fire Salad: A tossed green salad with strips of red, yellow, and orange bell peppers on top.

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