The Sacrament of CONFIRMATION
The Sacrament of Confirmation is the second of the three sacraments of Christian initiation.
Confirmation completes Baptism, by which in the laying on of hands and the anointing with Chrism Oil, which first happened at Baptism, we are confirmed with the fullness of the Holy Spirit.
We are reminded of our participation in the ministry and mission of Jesus, and strengthened to follow Jesus more closely.
The Sacrament of Confirmation consists of the renewal of baptismal promises and the laying on of hands and anointing with the oil of Chrism. The anointing of the candidate is a sign of confirming the gift of the Spirit, and calling the candidates to use these gifts to become involved in the life and mission of the community.
Laying of the Hands
The bishop places his hands on the head of the candidates and prays for the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
This ritualises the connection to Baptism and the strengthening of the Holy Spirit in our vocation to follow the way of Jesus
Anointing with Oil
The anointing of the candidate at Confirmation recognises that they are sealed with the Holy Spirit.
The bishop anoints the candidate’s forehead with the Oil of Chrism, saying ‘Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit’.
Sign of Peace
At the end of the rite, the bishop puts his hand on the side of the candidate’s face and says ‘Peace be with you’ and the candidate replies with ‘And with your spirit’, symbolising the candidate’s place within the Church community.
What are the Gifts of the Holy Spirit?
The Gift of Wisdom In simple terms, WISDOM is the ability to see God in everyone and everything everywhere.
The Gift of Understanding helps us grasp the truths of the faith more easily and profoundly. We cannot grasp all of God’s mysteries, but through the gift of understanding we can be lead to truth, even when we do not fully comprehend. This gift strengthens our insight through prayer, scripture, and the sacraments. Understanding is the ability to comprehend that we are followers of Christ.
The Gift of Counsel acknowledges the difference between right and wrong and bestows proper judgement. A person with right judgement avoids sin and leads a life for Christ. Counsel inspires us to speak up and encourage others to do the correct thing. The gift of Counsel is the ability to know right from wrong and to choose to do what is right.