Jun 12, 2014 / 04:03 am
After three years of waiting to be confirmed, Clemence Figeac was asked to read an intention of the faithful during Pope Francis’ Pentecost Mass, just two days after receiving the sacrament.
“It was very beautiful,” Figeac told CNA June 9, “especially because first there was a little rehearsal the day before, and the person in charge of the liturgy said that our reading had to be a prayer.”
The liturgy director had stressed to Figeac that “we had to feel all words and pray because we are in prayer and we could help people pray. There is a communication in our way of pronouncing or speaking,” she said, “and this is beautiful because it says there is a desire to pray.”
“One feels really moved in this prayer and in this Mass in a certain different way,” Figeac noted, explaining that while she read she prayed to the Holy Spirit to inspire those that heard her.
Hailing from the small town of Lille in northern France, 28-year-old Figeac grew up Catholic but had been distant from the Church, only discovering the importance of the Sacrament of Confirmation four years ago.
Figeac said she felt the desire to receive her confirmation and “participate in the second living element in the Church” two years ago, so she moved to Rome in order to study. While there she met a priest from her hometown, Fr. Fabien Lambert, who serves as the chaplain for the Centro San Lorenzo, an international center for youth founded in 1983 by Pope Saint John Paul II. …
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