When we are baptised as infants, our parents and godparents speak for us as we are welcomed into the Church. In the sacrament of Confirmation, we have reached a point where we can make a commitment on our own behalf, and speak for ourselves as we commit ourselves to our faith.
In Confirmation we receive a sacramental gift of the Holy Spirit. For young Catholics, Confirmation is the moment when they become full, adult members of the Church.
O loving God, who called your servant Aidan from the peace of a cloister to re-establish the Christian mission in northern England, and gave him the gifts of gentleness, simplicity, and strength: Grant that we, following his example, may use what you have given us for the relief of human need, and may persevere in commending the saving Gospel of our Redeemer Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.