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Writing a letter to your confirmation candidate

It seems that one of the biggest events in confirmation preparation in this country is the letters of support to be given to the confirmation candidates during their mandatory retreats.

I have three such letters saved on this blog:

Confirmation letter to my daughterConfirmation letter to my fourth sonConfirmation letter to to my third son
I've asked my children what they remember about the letter they got from me and their dad, and also what they remembered about the letters they received. 
The answer was not much, or at least nothing specific. In general they were happy to have gotten a bag full of letters and there was a sense of feeling loved and supported. I guess that's the main thing - for them to have a sense that this is an important step in their spiritual growth, and that people they know, love and respect have taken the time out of their lives to let them know that! So here are some tips on procuring and writing letters for young confirmation candidates. Start thinkin…

O Orients O Rising Dawn

O Oriens: “O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come, shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.” Isaiah had prophesied, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shown.” (9:1). O Rising Dawn (O Oriens): O Rising Dawn, Radiance of the Light eternal and Sun of Justice; Come, enlighten those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death. Tonight was so relaxing after a busy day trying to get cars fixed! What a day!!! We made an orange punch in the punch bowl using regular orange juice concentrate with Sprite and then some sherbet. Very tasty and an easy way to toast today's O antiphon. One reader wanted to know why it was such a big deal to plan meals and treats around the antiphons. The answer is, you don't have to, but it is a very fun way to get the antiphons into the home and family life and remember what they are! My kids definitely have the Root of Jesse and Key of David committed to memory. It's also a fun little way to celebrate before the big Christmas Day celebrations.

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