Choosing Confirmation and RCIA Bibles
With the approach of Easter, Confirmation and by extension, RCIA celebrations are coming up.
In Confirmation we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and are anointed as soldiers of Christ. The first Confirmation occurred on Pentecost which is the birthday of the Church:
And when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished, they were all together in one place: And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues as it were of fire, and it sat upon every one of them: And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they began to speak with divers tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak. (Acts of the Apostles 2:1 Douay Rheims translation)
After the crucifixion of Christ, the Apostles went into hiding because they were afraid of being martyred and they didn't fully understand what Christ's death and resurrection meant. When they received the Holy Spirit, they were given the courage to go out and preach the salvation that Christ had promised and, for most of them, to suffer martyrdom for the Faith.
RCIA is the abbreviation for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Typically, this rite is a long process of religious instruction for those who want to join the Catholic Church as teenagers and adults. Most of these people are received into the Church at the Easter Vigil Mass where, depending on whether they were validly baptized in the past, they receive the sacraments of Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation all at once. They typically participate in the sacrament of Reconciliation in the weeks leading up to the Vigil.
When choosing gifts for those going through RCIA, there are a few questions to answer before choosing a gift.
- Is the person a teenager or adult?
- Does the person have a special devotion to a saint?
- How well does the new Catholic know the Faith?
- Was there a particular tenet of the Faith that the person had particular trouble understanding or accepting?
Traditional RCIA and Confirmation gifts
By the time a Catholic is a teenager, he should own a Catholic Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and a missal. If the new Catholic is missing any of these items, they would all make great gifts. This article looks at the different Bible options that we recommend for Confirmation.
If the Confirmand and is a teenager, there are several Bibles geared towards teens that will help them both with reading the Bible and learning more about their Faith.
Amy Welborn is a well-known Catholic author who wrote a series of Prove It! books to challenge teens about the basics of Faith. This Prove It! New America Bible contains special sections to help teens get a firmer grasp on their Faith and some of the issues that are typically questioned by teens (and even adults).
The Catholic Youth Bible is a New American bible that contains both commentary on the scripture and on teen issues that are relevant to the passages being read. This Bible has one of the largest collection of related content of any of the teen Bibles available and the content isn't wishy-washy about the Faith. This Bible is available in paperback, hardcover and leather which can be imprinted with the recipient's name and Confirmation date.
If you would like to get a more traditional Bible, the Douay Rheims Confirmation Bible fits the bill. This Bible was specifically designed for Confirmation. Features include:
Saints stories: St. John Bosco and St. Maria Goretti (including pictures)
Educational material on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Prayer for Chastity
Vocation Discernment section (including a prayer for discernment).
Most commonly asked questions by teens about the Faith (with answers)
Common prayers written out in English and Latin
It also comes in a gift box and can be imprinted.
For someone who is looking beyond a teen Bible, the Catholic Study Bible is a wonderful resource. The text is the New American Bible Revised Edition and the book contains an introduction to each book, maps, charts, a concordance, extensive commentary and an index. The soft leather cover is imprintable and the Bible is a great size for someone who wants to add notes and have a comfortable size font for reading.