Sacrament of Confirmation

What is Confirmation?

This sacrament (sign) is the one that suggests to us the wonderful
in-pouring of the strength of the Holy Spirit which enables us to walk with strength and conviction through the murky waters of the world that is not truly God-centered.

In confirmation, God confirms our faith.  We are not confirming our own faith.  The grace of the Holy Spirit is given to us, along with his gifts that empower us along the path of holiness.

Confirmation also marks the beginning of a journey toward a deeper knowledge of God.  The candidate reaffirms his or her baptismal promises.  It should not be seen as a new stage of Christian life but as an opportunity to deepen the graces of baptism. 

Infusion of the Holy Spirit

In confirmation, we receive an infusion of the Holy Spirit, just as the Apostles did on the day of Pentecost.  Through this infusion of the Holy Spirit we receive the gifts of the Spirit, are made more perfect, and are strengthened so we can give witness of Jesus Christ.

"Now when the apostles, who were in Jerusalem, had heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John.  Who, when they were come, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost.  For he was not as yet come upon any of them; but they were only baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.  Then they laid their hands upon them, and they received the Holy Ghost."  (Acts 8:14-17)

St Patrick's Confirmation Mass

What does Confirmation do to your soul?

? Confirmation gives you more Sanctifying Grace

? It gives you more strength to stay away from sin and lead a Christian life

? It helps you to be a loyal and faithful follower of Jesus Christ

? It gives you the strength to profess your Catholic Faith openly and not to hide it

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Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Click here to learn more about the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit

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Cannon Law

Can. 879 - The sacrament of confirmation strengthens the baptized and obliges them more firmly to be witnesses of Christ by word and deed and to spread and defend the faith.  It imprints a character, enriches by the gift of the Holy Spirit the baptized continuing on the path of Christian initiation, and binds them more perfectly to the Church.

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Confirmation Continues Baptism Initiation

The Sacrament of Confirmation—along with the Sacraments of Baptism and the Most Holy Eucharist—form the “Sacraments of Initiation.”  The Second Vatican Council states those who are baptized and then confirmed obtain the "special strength of the Holy Spirit” and become “more perfectly bound to the Church,” thereby meaning that “they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed."

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What does the Scripture say about Confirmation?

Acts 8:14-17 - The people of Samaria were baptized in Christ, but did not receive the fullness of the Spirit until they were confirmed by the elders. Confirmation is a sacrament that Jesus Christ instituted within His Catholic Church to further strengthen those who have reached adulthood.

Acts 19:5-6 - The people of Ephesus were baptized in Christ, but Paul laid hands on them to seal them with the Holy Spirit. This sealing refers to the sacrament of confirmation.

Eph. 1:13 - Paul writes that the baptized Ephesians were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, in reference to confirmation.

Eph. 4:30 - Paul says the Ephesians were sealed in the Holy Spirit of God, in reference to the sealing of confirmation.

Heb. 6:2 - Paul gives instruction to the Hebrews about the laying on of hands, in reference to confirmation, not ordination. The early Church laid hands upon the Confirmandi to administer the sacrament of confirmation.

Heb. 6:2 - This verse also refers to the cycle of life and its relationship to the sacraments - baptism, confirmation, death and judgment - which apply to all people.

John 6:27 - Jesus says the Father has set His seal on Him. As the Father sets His seal on Jesus, so Jesus sets His seal on us on the sacrament of baptism, and later, in the sacrament of confirmation.

Rev. 9:4 - The locusts could not harm those with the seal of God upon their foreheads. See also Rev. 14:1 and 22:4.

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Last Updated:  1 Oct 13     

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