Confirmation Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful. And kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created And you will renew the face of the earth.
What is Confirmation? Confirmation is one of the three sacraments of initiation. Confirmation is known as Christmation by the Eastern Catholic churches in communion with Rome.
What happens at Confirmation? The Christians received a spiritual seal, our soul is marked with the Holy Spirit and his strength. 2 Corinthians 1: 21-22
The ordinary minister of Confirmation is the Bishop For those joining the Church, the bishop delegatea (appoint) a priest to confirm in his name.
What is Pentecost? Pentecost is the feast of the Holy Spirit On Pentecost the disciples of Jesus were filled with the Holy Spirit The Church’s mission began on Pentecost
Confirmation Confirmation is a Sacrament (Holy Mystery): As a sacrament it communicates and reveals communion with God and his grace. Confirmation confers a sacramental character that cannot be erased and that predisposes the Christian person to receive the very life of God, and his divine protection.
Confirmation completes the baptismal grace and provides special graces known as the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. (CCC 1831)
Wisdom is the first and highest gift of the Holy Spirit, because it is the perfection of faith. Through wisdom, we come to value properly those things which we believe through faith. The truths of Christian belief are more important than the things of this world, and wisdom helps us to order our relationship to the created world properly, loving Creation for the sake of God, rather than for its own sake.
Understanding is the second gift of the Holy Spirit, and people sometimes have a hard time understanding (no pun intended) how it differs from wisdom. While wisdom is the desire to contemplate the things of God, understanding allows us grasp, at least in a limited way, the very essence of the truths of the Catholic Faith. Through understanding, we gain a certitude about our beliefs that moves beyond faith.
Counsel, the third gift of the Holy Spirit, is the perfection of the cardinal virtue of prudence. Prudence can be practiced by anyone, but counsel is supernatural. Through this gift of the Holy Spirit, we are able to judge how best to act almost by intuition. Because of the gift of counsel, Christians need not fear to stand up for the truths of the Faith, because the Holy Spirit will guide us in defending those truths.
Fortitude is both a gift of the Holy Spiritand a cardinal virtue. Fortitude is ranked asthe fourth gift of the Holy Spirit because itgives us the strength to follow through onthe actions suggested by the gift of counsel.While fortitude is sometimes called courage,it goes beyond what we normally think of ascourage.
Knowledge, is often confused with bothwisdom and understanding. Like wisdom,knowledge is the perfection of faith, but whereaswisdom gives us the desire to judge all thingsaccording to the truths of the Catholic Faith,knowledge is the actual ability to do so. Likecounsel, it is aimed at our actions in this life. In alimited way, knowledge allows us to see thecircumstances of our life the way that God seesthem. Through this gift of the Holy Spirit, we candetermine Gods purpose for our lives and livethem accordingly.
Piety is the perfection of the virtue ofreligion. While we tend to think of religiontoday as the external elements of our faith,it really means the willingness to worshipand to serve God. Piety takes thatwillingness beyond a sense of duty, so thatwe desire to worship God and to serve Himout of love, the way that we desire to honorour parents and do what they wish.
Fear of the Lord, or Awe, confirms thevirtue of hope. This gift of the Holy Spiritgives us the desire not to offend God, aswell as the certainty that God will supply usthe grace that we need in order to keepfrom offending Him. Our desire not tooffend God is more than simply a sense ofduty; like piety, the fear of the Lord arisesout of love.
How is the Sacrament of Confirmation celebrated? The sacrament is celebrated through the anointing with chrism on the forehead. And the lying on of hands And the words: Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit
The Matter of Confirmation: Oil is a symbol of strength and healing In the sacrament of confirmation we receive strength to be witnesses of Christ resurrected, and to do what is right and good.
Confirmation Confirmation perpetuates (keeps alive) the grace of Pentecost. In other words, the action and presence of the Holy Spirit manifested in our lives’ character, words and actions.
Confirmation At Confirmation we receive the Holy Spirit to help us continue the mission of our Lord, to strengthen our baptismal faith and to guide us toward the truth.
Confirmation Like Christ, we are anointed to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God ( to be witnesses)
How to be a witness? Become involved in your community of faith (parish), through its different ministries. Be a role model of faith to your family, friends and your community. Share your faith with your co-workers and friends. Support social justice (listen to the Pope and the bishop’s call for social change in society on areas such: racism, prejudice, wages, right to life, abortion, euthanasia among others). Get to know your Catholic faith, the Scriptures.