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18 April 2002

Posted on 04/18/2002 8:14:08 PM PDT by history_matters

What was your Confirmation name?

Why did you choose it?


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With the news from Slyfox of the entire Confirmation class taking the name Stephen ... it got me curious about the rest of us and why we chose the names we did.....
1 posted on 04/18/2002 8:14:09 PM PDT by history_matters
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To: Slyfox; afraidfortherepublic; Aunt Polgara; Codie; ELS; katnip;viadexter; pax_et_bonum; Romulus...
p i n g i n g
2 posted on 04/18/2002 8:15:33 PM PDT by history_matters
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To: history_matters
My confirmation name is "Mary". At the time (I was 12) I didn't really think about it. My cousin Johnny was being confirmed too so we chose the names Mary and Joseph. In retrospect, I'm glad I chose that name.
3 posted on 04/18/2002 8:20:29 PM PDT by sneakers
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To: history_matters
Catherine of Alexandria. Picked because she's listed in places as a Patron Saint of Mechanics and Apologists.

I do both jobs. ;)

4 posted on 04/18/2002 8:22:06 PM PDT by roachie
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To: history_matters
used my father's middle name.
5 posted on 04/18/2002 8:26:19 PM PDT by Coleus
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To: history_matters
Mine is Gregory. It was my uncle's name, the sainted Pope's name, and I loved Gregorian chants .... still do.
6 posted on 04/18/2002 8:33:14 PM PDT by history_matters
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To: history_matters
Keep in mind this is from the mind of a 12 year old.

I was going to use the name Veronica because I was born on what used to be St. Veronica's feast day. Then I found the church had sort of dropped her from the list of saints because there was no proof she ever existed, biblical or otherwise. So I picked the name Victoria, since it was close to Veronica. Then I found out there wasn't any St. Victoria, but it was too late.Oh well. Guess we'll have to credit St. Victor.

Back in those days, you had to pick the name of saints, but I understand that's no longer the case, at least for baptisms.

7 posted on 04/18/2002 8:34:15 PM PDT by glorygirl
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To: glorygirl
St. Victoria
Feastday:
December 23

  There is very little known about St. Victoria. With her sister Anatolia, she refused importunate suitors. Both were imprisoned and starved by their suitors but persisted in refusing marriage. Anatolia was converted to Christianity and converted many in Picenum before being denounced for her faith, for which she was tortured and executed at Thora on Lake Velino in Italy. When Victoria refused to sacrifice to pagan gods, she too was executed, perhaps at Tribulano. The guard was converted by their example and was also martyred. Their whole story is probably a pious myth, though they did actually live. Feast day is December 23rd.

from Catholic.org

8 posted on 04/18/2002 8:37:54 PM PDT by history_matters
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To: glorygirl
I think St. Victoria is a wonderful saint. That was my mother's Confirmation name. LOL!!!
9 posted on 04/18/2002 8:40:24 PM PDT by history_matters
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To: history_matters
Joseph. It was my grandfather's middle name, and pappy was a quiet, kind, loving man who was good with his hands. Although a welder in the Railroad shops, he was a great woodworker too, and I always loved him.

Now I do woodwork too, and whether I'm doing surgery or building a wooden toy for one of my children for Christmas, I ask for St. Joseph's intercession that my work will be the best I can do and for the Glory of God.

I didn't understand devotion to saints back then, but now understand what a great joy it is to be a part of that communion of saints all the early Christian Creeds mention.

10 posted on 04/18/2002 8:43:23 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: history_matters
My husband and I both had saint names as our original middle names and we decided that God gave us our confirmation names at birth since neither of us were born into a Catholic family and so we chose saints with those names.

Mine is Elizabeth Ann Seton. I chose her because she was a convert and she was converted by her friends as I was.

11 posted on 04/18/2002 8:44:55 PM PDT by tiki
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To: history_matters
Ahhh, an excellent vanity;)

My confirmation name was Elizabeth. I've always loved that name and if I have a daughter that's what I'd like to name her. The very first saint book I ever read was Elizabeth of Hungary. It's always stuck with me.

BTW h_m, you'd like this new CD I just bought. 'Chant Corpus Christi--Gregorian in Goliad, The Schola Cantorum of Corpus Christi Cathedral' I don't know where this is but it's a great CD. Very relaxing and spiritually opening.

12 posted on 04/18/2002 8:47:47 PM PDT by Canticle_of_Deborah
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To: nickcarraway;Gophack
PING! Fun thread!
13 posted on 04/18/2002 8:50:47 PM PDT by Canticle_of_Deborah
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To: history_matters
Joseph. I wanted to take Valentino or Valentine, but my family mocked me big time, so I chose the patriarch of the holy family.

My uncle told me he chose Robert for purely secular reasons, as he was a big fan of Led Zeppelin, whose lead singer was Robert Plant.

14 posted on 04/18/2002 8:54:14 PM PDT by Clemenza
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To: history_matters
Confirmation name: Peter (as in barque of; need I say more?)

Name in religion: Albert, after Albertus Magnus, teacher of St. Thomas Aquinas, and patron of scientists. Albert the Great is also credited with "baptizing" Aristotle.

Faith: Stirring, not shaken.

This is beginning to sound like a Dewar's profile, n'est-ce pas?

15 posted on 04/18/2002 9:01:44 PM PDT by neocon
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To: history_matters
i'm curious, what is the reasoning for choosing confirmation names? i've never talked to anybody who knows the answer.
16 posted on 04/18/2002 9:04:21 PM PDT by pro-life
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To: history_matters
As sneakers and glorygirl said, 12-year-olds don't always think things through. My confirmation name was John, and though at the time I probably had in mind the evangelist, there are times when I feel closer to the ragged prophet raving in the desert.

"Do not begin to say, We have Abraham for our father. For I say unto you that God is able of these stones, to raise up children to Abraham."

17 posted on 04/18/2002 9:05:35 PM PDT by Romulus
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To: history_matters; american colleen
I hope I'm not butting in since I'm not Roman Catholic yet, but in my very anglo-catholic Episcopal Church we followed this beautiful tradition. I chose "Bernard" which my family and friends thought a bit old fashioned and funny, but my priest had given me a book with the most beautiful quote from St. Bernard of Clairvaux, and when I read it I knew I wanted him for my saint. I believe St. Bernard has been interceding for me and pointing me toward the whole truth of Jesus Christ and His marvelous Church.
18 posted on 04/18/2002 9:20:12 PM PDT by OxfordMovement
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To: pro-life
what is the reasoning for choosing confirmation names

Rev 2:17: "... to those who prove victorious I will give ... a white stone - a stone with a new name written on it, known only to the man who receives it."

The white stone (the color of triumph and joy) symbolizes entry into the kingdom of heaven. The "new name" signifies the Christian's spiritual rebirth.

See also Rev 3:12, 19:2, and Is 62:2, 65:15.

19 posted on 04/18/2002 9:24:15 PM PDT by neocon
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To: OxfordMovement
Bernard is a wonderful choice! I'm always inspired by his lyrical sermons. He played a very important role in the development of Trappist (Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance, a reform of the Benedictines) monastic spirituality.
20 posted on 04/18/2002 9:27:45 PM PDT by neocon
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To: history_matters
LOL, although I haven't had too many "importunate suitors" lately, I remain unmarried, so it's possible she's been guiding me away from the bad ones!!!

Anyway, it's a very interesting story, and I'm glad you told me about it. When did all this supposedly occur, do you know?

21 posted on 04/18/2002 9:32:25 PM PDT by glorygirl
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To: goldenstategirl
I chose Thomas, after my Grandfather. He does have something of the apostle Thomas in him.
22 posted on 04/18/2002 9:33:05 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Romulus
12-year-olds don't always think things through.

I recieved Confirmation when I was in the third grade and I remember taking it seriously.
I was becoming a soldier of Christ. It was a very important day.

23 posted on 04/18/2002 9:33:34 PM PDT by Slyfox
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To: Clemenza
Wonder how many little girls in the 80s chose the name "Madonna?" :)
24 posted on 04/18/2002 9:37:52 PM PDT by glorygirl
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To: glorygirl
I seem to remember it was in the third or fourth century. In any event, she was a great saint in the early years of our wonderful Church.
25 posted on 04/18/2002 9:41:11 PM PDT by history_matters
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To: OxfordMovement
You are most welcome here, Oxford. I always feel deeply moved by your posts. They are so heartfelt and honest. We could use another St. Bernard right now. I think you picked one of the super saints, as Bob and Penny Lord like to say.
26 posted on 04/18/2002 9:44:15 PM PDT by history_matters
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To: history_matters
St. Anne

My sponsor was my Aunt Anna.

27 posted on 04/18/2002 9:58:47 PM PDT by Salvation
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To: pro-life
i'm curious, what is the reasoning for choosing confirmation names? i've never talked to anybody who knows the answer.

Interesting question. When we are baptised our name is given. When we marry the names of each spouse are linked to each other and the woman name changes to the man's. We add another name when we are confirmed. A Pope takes a new name. I'm sure it means something.

28 posted on 04/18/2002 10:06:09 PM PDT by Slyfox
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To: history_matters
In the Philippines in the 1950s, Confirmation was in assembly-line formation with the Bishop coming to town only during fiesta, when he then confirmed people from infancy to early adulthood by the hundreds. We never heard of "confirmation names."

I was baptized "Marie" because I was born on April 27, the feastday of Our Lady of Montserrat (patron saint of Barcelona), so when I started schooling, I wrote my name as "Marie Montserrat." I don't think Montserrat counts as confirmation name, but that's what's on my college diploma, lol!

But wait, there's more. When I was professed in the Secular Franciscan Order, I was given the name, "Marie Jean Vianney, sfo", after my Franciscan patron saint, St. John Vianney. Profession in the SFO is not sacramental, so I don't think that counts, either.

What can I do?

29 posted on 04/18/2002 10:08:49 PM PDT by sfousa
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To: OxfordMovement
I hope I'm not butting in since I'm not Roman Catholic yet, but in my very anglo-catholic Episcopal Church we followed this beautiful tradition.

Will you stop with the butting in talk! Of course you aren't butting in! (I hope that sounds nice, because that is the way I mean it). I'm sure a lot of Anglicans and Orthodox and Catholics can add to this thread. It's another "cool" thing about being a member of a sacramental religion.

I love Bernard, it is a warm, loving name. I wanted Agatha or Agnes, but I really got a hard time from friends and family. I took Eileen (a derivative of Helen of St. Helen of the Cross) but it was really in memory of my dear grandmother who raised me, my brother and sister.

I made my confirmation AFTER I got married, at age 28. I was married by a priest who also has uses "general absolution"... no, I don't go to that church anymore, I changed parishes. Funny, but the priest who uses general absolution is the one who is most often used by the Boston Globe when they need a priest to speak regarding the "scandal" in the Boston Archdiocese.

30 posted on 04/18/2002 10:13:00 PM PDT by american colleen
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Mine is Elizabeth Ann Seton. I chose her because she was a convert and she was converted by her friends as I was.

Great woman, that St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. She should be on every American woman's list of heroes. Congratulations!

31 posted on 04/18/2002 10:16:10 PM PDT by sfousa
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To: history_matters
Patrick as my brother Patrick was my sponsor.
32 posted on 04/18/2002 10:52:46 PM PDT by SMEDLEYBUTLER
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To: history_matters
As a matter of fact, I chose the name "Stephen." That was fifty years ago.
33 posted on 04/18/2002 11:07:27 PM PDT by RobbyS
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'Who is like unto God?'

St. Michael the Archangel

Patron of police officers also, picked him before I was a policeman. hmmm

34 posted on 04/19/2002 2:54:20 AM PDT by Cap'n Crunch
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Mine is Michael. After St. Michael the Archangel. It must be the militant in me. As an altar boy, I was always defending my faith with my protestant friends. I hoped someday through his intercession to be as great a defender as he.
35 posted on 04/19/2002 3:14:13 AM PDT by ThomasMore
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To: history_matters
I chose Joseph, my first name (I go by my middle name). I'm only now beginning to see just what an important decision that was and what a good choice I made. :-)
36 posted on 04/19/2002 4:40:55 AM PDT by GenXFreedomFighter
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I chose Martha, partly because I'm very home-oriented, and partly because, I sometimes let that interfere with "the better part".
37 posted on 04/19/2002 5:31:26 AM PDT by nina0113
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I chose Michael because St. Michael is the defender of the faith.

We need St. Michael now more than ever to help put this mess the church is in back on track.

At Confirmation we became "Soldiers in the army of Christ to defend the Church from its enemies from within and without the church".

Assuming I learned and remembered my lessons correctly,so let's take Our Church back from the Infidels..

38 posted on 04/19/2002 5:43:19 AM PDT by chatham
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To: glorygirl
What a coincidence! I also considered Veronica since she is acclaimed to be the woman who wiped Christ's face as he carried His cross up to Golgotha.

Instead, I chose Magdalene - the first woman to see Christ after He rose from the dead. Magdalene is also my godmother's name.

39 posted on 04/19/2002 6:07:06 AM PDT by NYer
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I chose John after St. John Chrysostom. Reading his works were a major reason I am a "revert" to the faith and finally receiving the sacrament of Confirmation as an adult.
40 posted on 04/19/2002 6:34:33 AM PDT by pegleg
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To: history_matters
I chose my father's name: Leonard. The nun initially told me that it wasn't a saint's name, but the priest who asked us our questions "confirmed" that it was. : )
41 posted on 04/19/2002 6:39:29 AM PDT by eastsider
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To: Slyfox
I still consider it as one of the most important days of my life.
42 posted on 04/19/2002 6:43:03 AM PDT by eastsider
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To: history_matters
Gregory was to be my first name, but my father vetoed it as he felt it sounded too Russian. Instead, it became my confirmation name.
43 posted on 04/19/2002 7:00:12 AM PDT by Petronski
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I join those who chose St. Michael the Archangel as the "persona" to defend the Faith, as I became a soldier for Christ ... ergo Michelle.

Michael is the name of my Guardian Angel and I also went on to St. Michael's Girls High School.

We were steeped in the Lives of the Saints all through my schooling ... as we were in the Eucharist, and other now, less "popular" devotions, such as Benediction, the Rosary (nightly family affair at my house), Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and attendant Adoration, Formal Novenas with the parish participating and of course, Missions that lasted for weeks. We had "mandatory" attendance at the 9:00 Mass every Sunday and if we were out of town we had to bring a note from whichever priest celebrated Mass wherever we had gone.

In Pageants, we celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, had May Crownings of Mary, etc.
44 posted on 04/19/2002 7:01:50 AM PDT by AKA Elena
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To: NYer
This was, of course, also my motivation, and I don't know why I changed my mind at the last moment. Veronica is apparently translated "true image", which is why, they say, she is a fake.

Still, I find it interesting there are so many devout Roman Catholics on Free Republic.

I also find this discussion very interesting. It probably has some deep psychological significance into our view of our own spirituality, or even personality.

46 posted on 04/19/2002 7:40:08 AM PDT by glorygirl
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Do parishes keep any kind of record of the confirmation names taken? ;-)
47 posted on 04/19/2002 8:12:50 AM PDT by ELS
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To: history_matters
I chose St. Brigid.
A patron St. of Ireland, a remarkable woman and I share her birthday.
48 posted on 04/19/2002 8:14:42 AM PDT by katnip
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We had "mandatory" attendance at the 9:00 Mass every Sunday and if we were out of town we had to bring a note from whichever priest celebrated Mass wherever we had gone.

I had much the same upbringing.
All children attended 9:00 mass in the Auditorium.
The only time we actually got to go into the CHURCH was for Confession on Saturdays and our First Communion and Confirmation.
Nuns stood in the back with their "frog" clickers to let you know when to kneel,sit and stand and take attendance.
We also had "May Crowning" of Mary at our Parish.

49 posted on 04/19/2002 8:20:57 AM PDT by katnip
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To: AlguyA; Aunt Polgara; Codie; ELS; katnip;viadexter; pax_et_bonum; Romulus; GenXFreedomFighter...
One more p i n g

To ELS: I assumed a record of our confirmation names was kept, ELS, but I do not know for certain. Maybe someone else has the definitive answer to that question.

50 posted on 04/19/2002 8:21:59 AM PDT by history_matters
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