Sacrament of Confirmation


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What is Confirmation

 

Sacrament of ConfirmationThe Sacrament of Confirmation is considered as the perfection and completion of the sacrament of baptism.  By the confirmation, the grace of baptism is strengthened and obliges the confirmed to be “witnesses of Christ by word and deed and to spread and defend the faith” (Code of Canon Law 879)

For “by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.” (Lumen Gentium 11)

The sacrament is administered by laying on hands, the anointing with Chrism oil, which is the essential element and by the words “Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit”. The ordinary minister of the sacrament is the bishop or by a priest delegated by the bishop with such faculty. (Code of Canon Law Can.  882)

By Confirmation, the confirmands receive more fully the mission of Jesus Christ.  The fullness of the Holy Spirit and the seven gifts is bestowed upon the Christians, so that they may imit “the aroma of Christ.” (2 Cor 2:15) They are then marked with a seal of the Holy Spirit:  “It is God who establishes us with you in Christ and has commissioned us; he has put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.” (Cf Gen 38:18; 41:42; Deut 32:34; CT 8:6) This seals the fullness of our belonging to Christ, putting the whole of our lives at His service, assuring us of His divine protection at the end of times. (CCC 1293-1296) http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p2s2c1a2.htm

 

 

Effects of Baptism

CCC 1303 Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace:

– it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation which makes us cry, “Abba! Father!”;

– it unites us more firmly to Christ;

– it increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us;

– it renders our bond with the Church more perfect;

– it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross: Recall then that you have received the spiritual seal, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence, the spirit of holy fear in God’s presence. Guard what you have received. God the Father has marked you with his sign; Christ the Lord has confirmed you and has placed his pledge, the Spirit, in your hearts.( St. Ambrose, De myst. 7,42:PL 16,402-403.)

 

 

Schedule of Confirmation

Annually, August 15, during the feast of Our Lady of the Assumption

 

 

Requirements for Confirmation

1.  A copy of Birth Certificate
2.  A copy of Baptismal Certificate
3.  Pre-confirmation Seminar
4.  Sponsor

> Must be a practicing Catholic
> Must have received the Sacraments of Holy Communion and Confirmation
> Must have completed the sixteenth year of age (with exceptions)
> For a complete list of requirements for sponsors, please click http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG1104/__P2Y.HTM
> It is desirable that the sponsor is the same person as your baptismal sponsor

Please read Code of Canon Law THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION (Cann. 879 – 896)

 

 

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