Confirming our Faith
Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded. … The reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For “by the sacrament of Confirmation, (the baptised) are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1285)
Christ himself declared that he was marked with his Father’s seal. Christians are also marked with a seal: “It is God who establishes us with you in Christ and has commissioned us; he has put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.” This seal of the Holy Spirit marks our total belonging to Christ…. (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1296)
Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace:– it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation which makes us cry, “Abba! Father!”;– it unites us more firmly to Christ;– it increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us;– it renders our bond with the Church more perfect;– it 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: Recall then that you have received the spiritual seal, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence, the spirit of holy fear in God’s presence. Guard what you have received. God the Father has marked you with his sign; Christ the Lord has confirmed you and has placed his pledge, the Spirit, in your hearts. (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1303)
The Church teaches: Confirmation is a true sacrament instituted by Christ and different from baptism. It is administered by laying-on of hands and anointing with chrism accompanied by prayer. The chrism is blessed by the bishop and the bishop administers the sacrament. All baptized persons can and should be confirmed. The effect of the sacrament of confirmation is to give strength in faith and for the confession of faith and to impress an indelible character.
Confirmation for Children
The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated here at St Luke’s for Children in Year 6 or above who have been baptised and have celebrated the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Confirmation dates are organised at the beginning of each year in collaboration with St Luke’s Primary School. Please Contact the Parish Office for more details.
Here are some answers to common questions about Confirmation that will help you better understand this significant act of faith.
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