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May 24th, 2015






Sacraments of Initiation: The Restored Order  

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
          Today, Pentecost Sunday, the archbishop of Denver, Samuel Aquila, is publishing a pastoral letter, Saints Among Us, to the Church of Denver. (A copy of the letter may be found at www.archden.org/saints.) With this letter the archbishop is mandating that in all the parishes of the archdiocese the sacrament of Confirmation be restored to its original place as the second sacrament of Christian initiation. This means that the children of the Archdiocese of Denver will be confirmed before they make their first holy Communion. The archbishop’s mandate is effective five years from now, that is, no later than 2020.
          In founding seven sacraments Jesus established seven means by which the singular grace of his redemptive act: his death on the cross, Resurrection, Ascension, and Pentecost, would be transmitted to his disciples. The three sacraments of initiation, namely, baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist, being three separate sacraments are nonetheless so intimately tied together that together they bestow Christ’s grace of full initiation into the life of the most blessed Trinity and the church. (“No one comes to the Father except through me.”) To preserve this intimacy of initiation, the three sacraments were originally administered at the same time and by the bishop. But as the number of the members of the church and the church herself grew in size, it became impossible for the bishop to administer every baptism, confirmation, and first holy Communion. In time therefore the sacraments of baptism and confirmation were unhooked from one another with baptism being administered by a priest while reserving confirmation to be administered by the bishop at some later time. Now, as we all know, the sacrament of confirmation is delayed and administered to teenagers and adults, often years after having received their first holy Communion. So, by restoring confirmation to its original order the archbishop desires that our children receive the grace of this full initiation at an earlier age, gracing them to live the life of Christ and the church at a much earlier age than now. 
          The mandate that our children be confirmed at an earlier age engenders many questions for you, the parish, and us all—questions regarding the meaning of this mandate for your children and family, the parish's religious education and youth ministries, for families who move into our parish from other (arch)dioceses where children are not confirmed at so early an age. I don’t know all the questions to be asked let alone their answers. But as a church and parish we will talk through and respond generously to the archbishop’s pastoral direction. And we praise the Lord for bringing us to the Father through the generosity of grace poured forth in us in his sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Eucharist.  


​                                                                                                    Father Ed








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