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The Confirmation

The Confirmation Ceremony is the religious ritual, with an oath-taking, through which we respond to God’s calling after baptism. Those confirmed may take part also in the Holy Sacrament of Penance (The Holy Eucharist). The oath-taking is prepared two years ahead, during which the priest prepares the little and older ones to be confirmed for this important step.

The preparation is made through the so-called catechism lesson which occur regularly on Saturday afternoons. The older ones who are to be confirmed take a separate place in a church: the pew for the girls follows the pew for women, whereas the pew for the boys is the last one of the children’s pews.

The task of the ones being confirmed is to regularly attend church ceremonies, to arrange the church and its surroundings one week ahead of this celebration. On the big, namely on Palm Sunday, the ones to be confirmed gather in the holy place of worship, entering the church together with their pastor. The girls walk behind the priest, then the boys, according to height and size. The believers wait for them while standing, the questioning and oath-taking occurring right in front of them.

On receiving the first Communion, those just confirmed are joined by parents and godparents. According to the tradition, firstly the boys and then the girls are communicated. After the oath-taking, the girls are considered misses and the boys are younkers. The girls may now sit in the pews for misses and the boys in the pews intended for men.

On this festive occasion a gift is offered to the church and to the family of the priest.

In the recent past, the confirmation was quite a celebration in the family, nowadays however, it is more of a festive occasion where relatives, acquaintances and friends are invited to a lunch party. Before lunch, guests offer gifts to the celebrated boy or girl.