Confirmation

Confirmation is a sacrament by which we receive the Holy Spirit, in order to make us strong and perfect Christians and soldiers of Christ.
Confirmation completes Baptism by a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit and enables the confirmed to partake and participate in the mission work of the Church. Over time, this sacrament was often distinguished by signs. These signs are referred to as charisms.

Confirmation is Not:-
A mere social ritual or a renewal of your childhood or a kind of Christian graduation or a showy family celebration.

Confirmation is:
1. Pentecost of every Christian (Acts 2:1)
2. The complement of Baptism (Acts 19: 2-6)
3. The seed of Christian growth in the person (1Peter 1:23)
4. The mark of God’s strength (Eph 1:13)
5. The acting of the gifts of the Holy Spirit (Is, 11:2)
6. The call to participate in the mission work of the Church (2Thes 3:13)
7. The touch of Christian identity (Jn 13:35)

The Ordinary Minister of Confirmation
– The Bishop
– The Priest but with permission from the Bishop
The Bishop confers by laying on of hands. This is a Tradition from the apostles, as seen in the Acts of the Apostles, who laid hands to confirm their faith in Christ.
Baptism and Confirmation are distinct, but through the ministry of the Bishop, Confirmation completes and complements Baptism, because, the Holy Spirit received at Baptism is Confirmed by the gifts of the Holy Spirit at Confirmation.

Effects of Confirmation
1. It unites us to Jesus Christ
2. It increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us
3. Unites us with the Church more perfectly
4. It gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend our faith by word and action
5. To confess the Name of Jesus boldly
6. Never to be ashamed of the Cross
7. To listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit to guide us in our Personal life

Gifts of the Holy Spirit Isaiah 11:2-3.
1. Wisdom
2. Understanding
3. Counsel
4. Fortitude
5. Knowledge
6. Piety
7. Fear of the Lord

Fruits of the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:22)
The passage in Matthew’s Gospel (7:17-20), helps us to understand the Fruits of the Holy Spirit, which are the observable behaviors of people who have allowed the grace of the Holy Spirit to be effective in them. The tradition of the Church lists 12 fruits:

  1. Charity
  2. Generosity
  3. Joy
  4. Gentleness
  5. Peace
  6. Faithfulness
  7. Patience
  8. Modesty
  9. Kindness
  10. Self-control
  11. Goodness
  12. Chastity

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