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About the Sacrament of Confirmation


  • The Sacrament of Confirmation

  • IntroductionSacrament of InitiationDescribed by the Vatican II in terms of its 2 essential characteristics:- closer union with the Church- strengthening and empowerment by the Holy Spirit to actively spread the Faith

  • What is the Sacrament of Confirmation?Confirmation is the sacrament in which, through the power of the Holy Spirit, a baptized person is drawn into closer union with the Church and endowed with strength to actively spread the Gospel.

  • What is the Sacrament of Confirmation?Confirmation primarily brings to mind and renews the Pentecost event in the life of the Christian and of the Church. The meaning and the effect of this sacrament centers on the person of the Holy Spirit and his/her role in the on-going saving works of Christ continued in and through the Church in the world today.

  • What is the Sacrament of Confirmation?Confirmation is a celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit and the gifts He bestows on us and of the Church.Confirmation initiates the baptized into a more mature people; witnessing in Gods saving Love for all People.To receive Confirmation one must be in a state of grace. One should receive the sacrament of Penance in order to be cleansed for the gift of the Holy Spirit.

  • Origin of the Sacrament of Confirmation: According to Pope Paul VIThe Apostles, in order to accomplish the will of Christ, passed on to the neophytes, by the laying on of hands, the gift of the Spirit which brings to completion the grace of Baptism This laying on of hands is rightly considered by Catholic Tradition as the origin of the sacrament of Confirmation which perpetuates in a way the grace of Pentecost in the Church.

  • Origin of the Sacrament of ConfirmationConfirmation was originally part of the expanded rite of Baptism. But as the Church grew in size, the gift of the Spirit by the laying on of hands, which in a way perpetuates the grace of Pentecost in the Church, was formed into a separate sacrament.

  • The Celebration of ConfirmationWho administers the sacrament of Confirmation? The Bishop *However, for grave reasons, the Bishop may delegate to priests the faculty to administer the sacramentWho can receive this sacrament?Every baptized person not yet confirmed can and should receive the sacrament of Confirmation.

  • The Celebration of ConfirmationIn the Roman Rite the bishop extends his hands over the whole group of the confirmands. Since the time of the apostles this gesture has signified the gift of the Spirit. The bishop invokes the outpouring of the Spirit in these words:

  • WORDS OF THE BISHOPAll-powerful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, by water and the Holy Spirit you freed your sons and daughters from sin and gave them new life. Send your Holy Spirit upon them to be their helper and guide. Give them the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence. Fill them with the spirit of wonder and awe in your presence. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

  • The Celebration of Confirmation: How is the sacrament of Confirmation conferred?The Essential Rite: Confirmation is conferred by the laying on of hands over the head of the candidates, the anointing of the forehead with the holy Chrism, and the prayer: Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.Each anointing is accompanied by the formula: "the seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit."

  • Effects of Confirmationit roots us more deeply in the divine filiation which makes us cry, "Abba! Father!it unites us more firmly to Christit increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us

  • it renders our bond with the Church more perfectit 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

  • Effects of ConfirmationMain effect: to strengthen and confirm the grace of Baptism


  • A more intense sharing in the mission of Christ and of the Church, empowering the confirmed to be public witnesses of the Faith:Witness to the Kingdom of God and Gods power present in the new age begun in ChristWitness to Jesus the Christ, as the unique Savior of allWitness to the freedom from the slavery of sin brought by Gods presence through Christ and the Spirit

  • Witness to the love of God, Father, Risen Incarnate Son, and Spirit, by loving service of others in the Spirit, andWitness to Christs real presence in the Christian community, the People of God, the Church

  • Qualities of Christian WitnessPersonal knowledge, awareness, and experience of Christ in their daily lives;Strong and enthusiastic Christian convictions and active commitment to Christ and the ChurchA basic grounding in Scripture, Church teaching and fundamental human experience

  • Qualities of Christian WitnessThe human leadership qualities of honesty and integrity that inspire confidence and a followingThe communication skills needed to present Christs challenge to the Filipino of today in an attractive and persuasive manner; andThe courage to suffer and risk for the Kingdom of God

  • What is the proper age for conferring Confirmation?Within the ongoing discussion regarding the best time for conferring the sacrament, there are good reasons for confirming around the age of discretion or later, which is the more common Church policy in the Philippines. More important than the exact age at which to confirm is the careful preparation needed, for both the candidates and their parents and sponsors.

  • Godparents/ SponsorsCandidates for Confirmation, as for Baptism, fittingly seek the spiritual help of a sponsor. To emphasize the unity of the two sacraments, it is appropriate that this be one of the baptismal godparents.

  • How are godparents/ sponsors for Baptism and Confirmation to be chosen?In the Philippines, social relations between families often play a dominant role in the choice of godparents and sponsors. While natural in a predominantly Catholic country, is secularizing tendency must be balanced by an equal insistence on proper Faith norms for choosing godparents and sponsors.

  • How are godparents/ sponsors for Baptism and Confirmation to be chosen?Faith norms indicate sponsors should be:- sufficiently mature persons, at least 16 years old- good-living Catholics who have been confirmed- capable and sincerely intending to help the newly confirmed to faithfully live out the duties of Christian life.

  • Thank you to our Friendly Source :Catechism for Filipino Catholics (CFC) 1626-1664



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