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Sacrament of Strengthening

• Comes from the Latin word meaning to
 confirm, affirm, or strengthen; It is the
 third Sacrament of Initiation.
What it means to receive the
• It is a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
• Brings an increase in Baptismal Grace and deepens it.
• Roots us further in our relationship with God our Loving
•   Unites us more firmly with Christ
•   Increase in the Gifts of the Holy spirit
•   Unites more firmly to the Church
•   Gives us a special strength to defend and spread the
    faith by word and action.
•   It calls us to be witnesses of Christ
Sacrament and History
•   part of Baptism.(2nd to 4th century)
•   It was given to catechumenate-adults
•   Entrance at the Easter Vigil.
•   5th Century marked a rise in
    Church population because of the Peace of
    Constantine 313 AD in the 4th century.
•   The Bishop could not minister over every
    initiation; he allowed Pastors to Baptize and then
    the baptized had to wait for Confirmation by the
About Confirmation
        • Confirmation is strengthening in
          Baptismal grace.
        • Pre Vatican II -it made you a
          solider in Christ.
        • We now question the correct
          time to confirm children; how
          long after after Baptism, since
          Confirmation is spiritual
          conclusion to Baptism.
Spirit in the Bible
        • In the Old Testament the Holy Spirit
            was presented as the spirit of God.
        •   Yet, the Spirit of God is different.
            Without this spirit things would
            become would worse in the world,
            but with God’s Spirit life would get
        •   In the New Testament the Spirit of
            God was at work during Jesus’
        •   Jesus was Meshiach or anointed in
            the Spirit of God like King David and
            the prophets.
Spirit in the Bible
          – Jesus was filled with God’s Spirit
            giving him the power to do good.

        • The Followers came to understand
          that God’s spirit or the Spirit of Jesus
          was a personal Divine reality.

        • Jesus promised his follower’s that he
          would send his Spirit to guide them,
          as at Pentecost and Easte.

        • They went on to baptize and pass on
          the Spirit through the laying of
          Hands—which is confimation.
Preparation for Confirmation
• It is our personal ―Yes‖ to the ―Yes‖ that
  our godparents and parents during our
• In the west if the sacrament is not
  performed by RCIA, it is given at a time
  that the baptized is able to affirm their
  vows of Baptism as well as understand
  and accept being a Christian.
Alternate Ways to Celebrate
       • It varies in sequential order:
           originally Baptism, Confirmation and
       •   Later, it became Baptism, Eucharist
           and then Confirmation.
       •   Today, still being debated. Some
           parishes have started to prepare the
           children for Confirmation before their
           First Communion.
       •   In the Eastern rite they practice
           Baptism and Confirmation together,
           Chrismation, anointing with oil.
       •   Infants are baptized, confirmed in oil
           then given Eucharist through a few
           drops of consecrated wine.
The Effects of Confirmation
• an increase of sanctifying grace which
  makes the recipient a "perfect Christian‖
• a special sacramental grace consisting in
  the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit and
  strength and courage to confess boldly the
  name of Christ
• A more defined and important relationship
  with the sponsor, the recipient, and the
  recipient’s parents.
Gifts of Spirit
• Capabilities or dispositions (sometimes called
  virtues) that help us follow the promptings of
  the Holy Spirit and grow in our relationship
  with God.
      • Wisdom
      • Understanding
      • knowledge
      • Counsel
      • Fortitude
      • Piety
      • Wonder and Awe
The Fruits of the Holy Spirit
      • Charity – God’s love in us
      • Joy – confident happiness
         that comes with love
       • Peace – inner harmony that
         comes from living in right
         relationship with others
       • Patience- ability to cope
        with difficult circumstances
Spirit’s C’td
• Kindness- sympathy
   and affection toward others
• Goodness- conviction to do what is
  right and avoid evil
• Generosity- the ability to give freely
• Gentleness- ability to act tenderly
Fruits of the Spirit C’td
        • Faithfulness- loyalty to
        God, relationships, and beliefs
        • Modesty- respectful dress,
          speech and conduct towards
        • Self-Control- self-discipline and
          responsible use of freedom
        • Chastity- living ones sexuality
          appropriately according to one’s
Actions of the Sacrament

• It confirms what our parents stated
  for us at birth/baptism
• Signify us coming into adulthood in
  the faith
• And bestow upon us the Seven gifts
  and the twelve fruits of the Holy
• The rite begins in a Mass setting following
 the homily-
  – Reaffirmation of baptismal vows
  – bishop extends his hands out over the
  – bishop anoints the candidates
    individually on the forehead with chrism
  – The mass then continues as a reminder
    that everyone is united as a community
      Sign of Sacrament

Sponsors and Names
      • Sponsor- maybe a godparent or
       anyone who lives out their faith
       and has been Confirmed
        – Give spiritual support during
          preparation and after the
          celebration. They are to be a
        – Many take on the name of a
          Saint to model their life after,
          as a role model
• ―Be sealed, with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. In
  the Name of the Father and of the Son and
  the Holy Spirit.‖
• ―For our biblical ancestors, olive oil held many
  powers: It was nourishing in food, a staple
  of the Mediterranean diet; it fueled the lamps
  that lit up family homes. In God’s family, the
  oil of the sacraments do all these things
  supernaturally. They give strength, light,
  nourishment, and healing.
Effects of Confirmation

• It unites us more firmly to Christ
• Full outpouring of the gifts if the Holy
• Indelible Spiritual mark/character
• Confirmation completes the process, first
  baptism, by which the Lord claims the
  individual person for his kingdom and
  sends each one forth as witness of his
Confirmation and Christian
        • see and appreciate the
           virtue of ―giving‖
         • help other people see God’s
           way even if they are not
         • You grow relationships
What the Catechism Says
       • outpouring of the Holy Spirit
       • increase of baptismal grace and
         deepens it
       • Roots(unites) us further in our
         relationship with God/ the
       • Increases the gifts of the Holy
       • The strengthens the spread and
         defense of faith by word and
Code of Canon Law
      • Can. 879 The sacrament of
       confirmation strengthens the
       baptized and obliges them more
       firmly to be witnesses of Christ by
       word and deed and to spread and
       defend the faith. It imprints a
       character, enriches by the gift of the
       Holy Spirit the baptized continuing
       on the path of Christian initiation,
       and binds them more perfectly to the
Code Of Canon Law C’td

• Can. 880 §1. The sacrament of
 confirmation is conferred by the anointing
 of chrism on the forehead, which is done
 by the imposition of the hand and through
 the words prescribed in the approved
 liturgical books.
Symbols of Confirmation

• The primary symbol is the community
• Oil (used in ancient bathing customs)
• Words, actions, touch, anointing and
  – As well as the laying on of hands by the
Types of Power
Power for— power for the good of someone in need

Power over— power to direct and command others

Manipulative or exploitative power— using others without
consideration of the needs of the other
Power with: empowerment—working with others to achieve some
worthy goal, combining my power with the power of another so that
we build power for good
The Spirit in the
New Testament

 Matthew 12:45       Acts 8:7        1 Peter 3:19
 Mark 3:30; 5:2, 8   Galatians 4:3   Revelation 16:13
 Luke 4:36           Colossians 2:20
 The Spirit in the
 New Testament
Acts 1:2, 5, 8, 16       Acts 15:8, 28         1 Thessalonians: 5:19, 23
Acts 2:4, 33, 38         Acts 16:6             2 Thessalonians 2:13
Acts 4:8, 25, 31         Acts 19:2, 6          2 Timothy 1:7
Acts 5:3, 32             Acts 20:23, 28        2 Timothy 4:22
Acts 6:5                 Romans 5:5            Hebrews 2:4
Acts 7:51, 55            Romans 9:1            Hebrews 4:12
Acts 8:15, 17, 19        Romans 14:17          Hebrews 6:4
Acts 9:17, 31            Romans 15:13, 16      Hebrews 10:29
Acts 10:38, 44, 45, 47   1 Corinthians 6:19    1 Peter 3:4
Acts 11:15, 16, 24       1 Corinthians 12:3    2 Peter 1:21
Acts 13:2, 4, 9, 52      2 Corinthians 13:13   1 John 3:24
Acts 15:8, 28            Ephesians 1:13        1 John 4:1
Acts 16:6                Ephesians 4:30
 CHAPTER 5        Vocabulary Review
 spirit (page 90)
 an ancient word with many meanings, including breath, life, vitality,
 inner qualities, personality, invisible reality
Holy Spirit, God’s spirit, Spirit of God, Spirit of the Lord,
Holy Ghost (page 92)
different ways that Scripture and Christian tradition name the
invisible spiritual reality that is God; the third Person of the Holy
Trinity; the personal love of the Father and the Son for each other
spirit of Jesus, spirit of Christ, spirit of the Lord, Holy Spirit,
Holy Ghost (page 94)
different ways that Scripture and Christian tradition name the
invisible spiritual reality that motivated and empowered Jesus, and
that motivates and empowers those who commit themselves to
following him
CHAPTER 5          Vocabulary Review
empowered (page 95)
strengthened, energized, given the ability to do something
Confirmation (page 100)
from the Latin word meaning to confirm, affirm, or strengthen,
the name of the third Sacrament of Initiation; performed
ordinarily by a bishop who anoints the forehead of the candidate
while saying, “Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.”
gifts of the Spirit (page 102)
capabilities or dispositions (sometimes called strengths or virtues)
that help us follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit and grow in
our relationship with God and others
CHAPTER 5          Vocabulary Review
theological virtues (page 103)
faith, hope, and love; spiritual gifts that enable us to act as
children of God and followers of Jesus
charism (page 106)
a spiritual gift; today the term usually refers to special abilities in
laying on of hands (page 113)
an ancient ritual gesture of approval, blessing, and acceptance, in
which one or both hands are placed on the head of the one
receiving the gesture

  CHAPTER 5       Vocabulary Review

 anoint (page 114)
 from the Latin word for oil or salve, originally a pouring of
 perfumed oil on the head or a smearing of scented salve over the
 upper body

 chrism (page 114)
 the aromatic oil used in Confirmation, from the Greek word
 related to ointment and anointing
Effective Sign of Grace

• 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 of god’s