Confirmation is one of the Sacraments of Christian Initiation of the Catholic Church, along with Baptism and the Eucharist. It bestows the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, which strengthens the faithful to be a powerful witness to God’s love and might in word and deed.
“Like Baptism which it completes, Confirmation is given only once, for it too imprints on the soul an indelible spiritual mark, the ‘character,’ which is the sign that Jesus Christ has marked a Christian with the seal of his Spirit by clothing him with power from on high so that he may be his witness.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1304)
During confirmation, a priest or a bishop lays his hands on the candidate and anoints them with Chrism, a holy oil meant to symbolize the spreading of “the aroma of Christ” (2 Cor 2:15).
Common Questions – Confirmation
Being sealed and strengthened by the gift of the Holy Spirit to be a living witness to Christ
The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are (1 Corinthians 12:8-10):
- Fear of the Lord
Receiving these gifts at Confirmation equips the confirmand to be an effective witness for Jesus Christ and the Gospel.