The Catholic Church Confirmation states that we are baptized in order to be confirmed. Confirmation comes after baptism thus receiving the grace of the holy spirits making us grow in faith. This sacrament is called Confirmation because the faith given in Baptism is now confirmed and made strong. Sometimes, those who benefit from Confirmation are referred to as soldiers of Christ
What is Catholic Church Confirmation?
Catholic Church Confirmation or Sacrament of Confirmation is one of the seven sacrament, it is a sacrament of initiation. A sacrament in which the Holy Ghost is given to those already baptized in order to make them strong in faith and soldiers of Jesus Christ. Meaning, accepting responsibility for your faith and destiny.
In the Catholic Church, anyone that has been baptized properly can and should be confirmed.
“Bishops are the successors of the apostles. They have received the fullness of the sacrament of Holy Orders. The administration of this sacrament by them demonstrates clearly that its effects is to unite those who receive it more closely to the Church, her apostolic origins, and her mission of bearing witness to Christ.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 1313)
How is confirmation performed?
Catholic Church Confirmation is performed with the ordinary minister extending his hand over the one to be confirmed and anointing his/her head with the oil of chrism. The actual Confirmation ceremony is much longer than this, but this is the main part of the action.
- Each individual to be confirmed comes forward with his sponsor.
- Each Catholic selects his/her own Confirmation name.
- The Catholic being confirmed stands or kneels before the bishop, and the sponsor lays one hand on the shoulder of the one being confirmed.
The Confirmation name is spoken, and the bishop puts Chrism Oil on the person’s forehead, says his name aloud, and then says, “Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.” The person responds, “Amen.” The bishop then says, “Peace be with you.” And the person responds, “And with your spirit” or “And also with you.
The ceremony may take place at Mass or outside of Mass, and the bishop wears red vestments to symbolize the red tongues of fire seen hovering over the heads of the apostles at Pentecost.
The oil of chrism is consecrated by the bishop at the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday and is reserved for special things like Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Orders, and blessing of tower bells, consecration of churches, altars, chalices and patens.
What happens during Catholic Church Confirmation?
The holy spirits takes center stage. In short it is the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit as the one granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost. Confirmation brings Catholics a deepening of baptismal grace and unites us more firmly to Christ. It increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit and leaves an indelible mark on the soul just like baptism.
Confirmation of the holy spirits, whom Christ Jesus sent (John 7:37-39, 16:7). Jesus instructed his Apostles that “you will receive the power of the Holy Spirit” and called upon the Apostles to be his “witnesses” to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). At the Pentecost, the Apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4), and began to spread the Word of God
What are the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit?
The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit received through Confirmation are
- Fortitude or Courage,
- Piety or Love, and
- Fear of the Lord.
The Sacraments of Initiation (Confirmation) are for any age. Adult converts who’ve never been baptized are baptized when they become Catholic; they’re confirmed and receive their First Communion at the same Mass when they’re baptized, or if they were baptized in a Protestant Church, they make a Profession of Faith, are confirmed, and receive Holy Eucharist at the Easter Vigil Mass — the night before Easter.
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