Confirmation

Confirmation, called Chrismation by the Eastern Churches, is the second sacrament of initiation and is associated with the other two sacraments of Christian initiation: Baptism and Holy Eucharist.

 

The sacrament of Confirmation was instituted by Christ when he conferred the Holy Spirit on his apostles on Easter Sunday and then more strikingly on Pentecost.

 

Confirmation is the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit once granted to the Apostles on Pentacost.  It increases and deepens baptismal grace; unites us more firmly to Christ; intensifies our adoption as children of God; increases the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit in us:

  • Wisdom

  • Understanding

  • Counsel

  • Fortitude

  • Knowledge

  • Piety

  • Fear of the Lord.

Those who are confirmed are capable of acting according to the fruits of the Holy Spirit:

  • Charity

  • Joy

  • Peace

  • Patience

  • Kindness

  • Modesty

  • Self-control

  • Chastity

 

Confirmation prints an indelible character on the soul of the recipient and can be received only once.

 

Every baptized person not yet confirmed can and should receive the sacrament of Confirmation.

 

[From Outlines of the Catholic Faith: Teachings, Beliefs, Practices, Prayers, The Leaflet Missal Company, St. Paul, MN, 2011.]