Catholic Confirmation

Youth affirm their faith in the Catholic Church by the process of confirmation. This requires study and discussion under the direction of clergy before being blessed and becoming a full member of the church.

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What is the importance of confirmation and why are rituals apart of it?

This is a perfect question for me to answer because I am a Catholic 14 year old girl who is making her Confirmation in October.

There is a HUGE importance of it. The word itself is almost the definition. They call it a "Confirmation" because you are confirming what you want. You are confirming that you want to continue you're practice and ACTIVE role in the Catholic church. It is a ceremony in which you are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.

You must prepare mentally for this to happen, because if you do not have the requirments to fufill this sacrament, then they will not let you. You must know all the gifts and friuts of the Holy Spirit, and you must know a great deal about the church and how it works, the parts of the mass, sacramental and holy objects.... And when you know all of that, you must make an appoinment with the parish Father (priest) and he will interview you on all of this information along with asking you why you wish to fufill this sacrament. Don't worry. Know one will hear the interview except for you, the Father, and God. Also, you just have service hours completed. You must have a number of hours working in the church, the world, and in your family. THEN when the Father approoves you, you must go to confession, or reconciliation. This will be the second sacrament that a Catholic child will receive in their childhood. During this, you tell the Father the sins that you have comitted since your last confession. He will listen to them and then give you a penance. Doing this ensures that you are completley pure during the process. And the priest wil not tell anyone your sins either.

Then yay! The big day is here! A bishop will come to tehe church in which you are being confirmed at and begin the ceremony as a regular mass. When the time comes, you and your already confirmed sponser will go up along with all the other students who are being confirmed and the bishop will say "Do you wish to be sealed with the Holy Spirit and continue your journey in the Catholic church?" Or something along those lines.. and the Student will respond hopefully with, "I do." Then he makes the sign of the cross on your forehead with holy water, and BOOM! You have been confirmed. Congratulations!

By going through with this you must be an active church goer. It is not like all those rituals to prepare for this were like a preperation for gratuation from the church, it is a time when you become an adult in the church and you CARRY ON your role as a member of the parish.

So that is what Confirmation is. If you have any questions about any other sacraments I am here to help!

Why is confirmation necessary?

The Sacrament of Confirmation is necessary by precept, not necessary by means.

This is to say the Sacrament of Confirmation is not necessary for salvation. Therefore in the strict sense the Sacrament is not "necessary." The Sacrament IS necessary by precept. In other words all things being equal all practicing Catholics should receive the Sacrament of Confirmation if they are able to do so, or if nothing prevents them from doing so.

The Sacrament of Confirmation completes the work of Baptism and seals the person with the Holy Spirit. Through the Sacrament one is given the fullest possible share and participation in the life of God and the Church. The Sacrament also strengthens one for the mission of evangelizing in a world hostile to God's truth.

Therefore while the Sacrament is not strictly speaking "necessary" for salvation, this is not the same thing as saying "The Sacrament is unimportant."

What do you call a confirmation student?

The word for the person to be confirmed is a confirmand.

Who can receive the sacrament of confirmation?

Any Baptized Catholic.

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

"Every baptized person not yet confirmed can and should receive the sacrament of Confirmation.123 Since Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist form a unity, it follows that "the faithful are obliged to receive this sacrament at the appropriate time,"124 for without Confirmation and Eucharist, Baptism is certainly valid and efficacious, but Christian initiation remains incomplete.

For centuries, Latin custom has indicated "the age of discretion" as the reference point for receiving Confirmation. But in danger of death children should be confirmed even if they have not yet attained the age of discretion." (CCC 1306-7)

When does a priest confirm people?

A bishop is the ordinary minister of Confirmation, but at the Easter Vigil a priest (pastor or priest he delegates) may confirm an adult who has studied in the Rite of Christian Initiation Program ansd received into the Church

Can a girl use a boy saint name for confirmation?

You may choose any saint - male or female. Some girls will chose a male patron and use the feminine form of the name. eg: Frances for Francis, Vicenta for Vincent, etc. It is all up to you. Just make sure it is a saint's name and that you intend to use that saint as a role model.

Can the priest administer confirmation?

While a bishop is the usual minister of Confirmation, a priest can, with permission, also administer the sacrament.

What does CCD in the Catholic Church mean?

The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine was an association established in 1562 in Rome for the purpose of providing religious education. In its more modern usage, CCD is the religious teaching program of the Catholic Church. These classes are taught to school age children to learn the basic doctrines of their faith.

Is reconciliation the same as confirmation?

No, reconciliation is about confessing your sins and being forgiven by God or 'reconciled' with God. confirmation is about strengthening the faith you have with God and the Holy spirit

Who administers confirmation?

The bishop is the usual minister of the sacrament of Confirmation. However, under special circumstances any priest can receive permission to confirm. This is usually on a case by case basis.

Why is Confirmation important for Catholics?

Catholic Answer:

Confirmation has its origin in Pentecost when the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles. The apostles carried this with them in their evangelizing, laying their hands on new converts to impose the Holy Spirit on them. In the Church it is meant as a sacrament whereby the person being confirmed renews the promises made by his/her parents and Godparents at Baptism and 'confirms' their desire to be a Catholic. The bishop then lays hands on the confirmees and calls down the Holy Spirit.

Signs and symbols associated with Catholic Confirmation?

There are 7 for Latin Rite (Roman) Catholics

1. Community

The primary symbol of Confirmation is the community itself. Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist are sacraments of initiation, initiation into a community.

The community that gathers to celebrate your Confirmation is not there merely to watch; it is the community into which you are being initiated. The community is the sign of Christ's presence for you.

2. Baptism

Every Confirmation begins with Baptism. This is true whether the Baptism was celebrated only a few moments before Confirmation (as in many Eastern rites and in our Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), whether the Baptism was celebrated six years before (as in those dioceses where Confirmation is celebrated before first holy Communion), 14 years before Confirmation, or even 50 years before Confirmation.

Confirmation complements the symbols of Baptism. Confirmation means all that Baptism means.

The historical origins of the symbols of Confirmation are many and diverse. One source of the rituals for the Sacrament of Confirmation can be found in the bathing customs of the Roman Empire. After a bath, Romans applied bath oil.

In our times, when you take a shower, you wash up and dry off. In Roman times, oil was a part of the bathing ritual. A bath included both water and oil.

Today, if a friend asked you to go to a movie and you said, "Sure. But don't come by until 6 p.m. because I want to take a shower first," I suspect that by shower you include not only the washing up but also the drying off. Drying off is understood to be part of the total shower. In the same way, the early Church saw Confirmation as a part of the Baptism experience.

The water ritual (Baptism) came to mean the washing away of sin, and the oil ritual (Confirmation) was interpreted to mean the sweet fragrance of God's presence: sanctifying grace.

We know that sin cannot be removed except by grace just as, for example, a vacuum cannot be removed from a container without replacing it (the emptiness) with something. The two go together.

In the same way God's grace fills us with redemption and salvation. This grace, this presence of God in us, is the Holy Spirit. Confirmation is the Sacrament of the Holy Spirit.

3. Anointing

What memories do you have of oil being applied to your body? I remember my mother rubbing Vick's Vapo-Rub on my chest when I was little and had a cold.

I remember the sensation of applying suntan lotion and lying on the beach in the Florida sun. And I remember the soothing ointment a doctor applied to my shoulder after a sports injury. (Also, I like my popcorn "anointed" with butter.) What are your memories of anointing?

Anointing can mean many things. From ancient times, oil has been a symbol of strength, healing and agility. For Jews, our ancestors in the faith, oil is the sign of God appointing someone to be a priest, prophet and king.

Many Jews look forward to the time when a very special anointed one, a Hebrew messiah, will come to announce God's reign. The Hebrew word messiah means "anointed." It's a strong and important word.

Christians believe that Jesus of Nazareth was this anointed one. Our Christian Scriptures were written in the Greek language and "the Anointed One" is translated as "Christ" in Greek. Some of us are so used to speaking of "Jesus Christ" that "Christ" almost seems like Jesus' last name. We forget that it means Jesus, the Anointed One, the Messiah.

As "Christ" means "anointed," we call ourselves "Christians" because we are the anointed ones, the "Oiled People," so to speak. The Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist initiate us into that "oiled" community, the community anointed to continue the vocation of the Messiah, the Christ.

4. Touch

From ancient times, to impose hands on someone or to extend one's hand over the person's head was the sign of calling down the Holy Spirit. All seven sacraments employ this symbol. We call the prayer which accompanies the imposition of hands an epiclesis, which is an invocation.

At Baptism, the priest lays his hand on those to be baptized and marks them with the sign of the cross. In the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the priest lays his hands on the head of the penitent and proclaims the words of absolution. During the Anointing of the Sick, the priest imposes hands on the person to be anointed.

In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, the bishop imposes hands on the one to be ordained priest. During the Sacrament of Matrimony (Catholic marriage), the presider extends hands over the couple who have pronounced their wedding vows and calls the Holy Spirit upon them so that they may remain faithful in the marriage covenant.

In the Sacrament of Eucharist, the priest invokes the Holy Spirit upon the gifts, extends his hands over the bread and wine and prays that the Holy Spirit change them into the Body and Blood of Christ so that we who receive them may be changed into that Body.

In Confirmation, the presider places his hand on the head of each one to be confirmed and prays that the Holy Spirit descend upon them. You will hear this prayer: "All powerful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, by water and the Holy Spirit you freed your sons and daughters from sin and gave them new life. Send your Holy Spirit upon them to be their Helper and Guide. Give them the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence. Fill them with the spirit of wonder and awe in your presence" (Rite of Confirmation, #25).

This prayer asks for the graces which we have come to call the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. The number seven is itself a symbol of completeness, of boldness, of abundance. When we say that there are seven sacraments, we mean more than their number is one plus six. Seven sacraments implies the abundance of God's love for us and the all-sufficient nature of grace.

5. Words

The words used in the rite are another symbol of Confirmation. The words of the ceremony, the readings from Scripture, the homily, the invitation of the presider, the prayer for the sevenfold Spirit: All of these can help us learn the meaning of the sacrament.

When you are anointed, the presider first says your name and then says, "Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit." Think about the significance of each of these words.

Your name: What does it mean to be called by name? In Confirmation we hear again the name we were given in Baptism. Confirmation begins with Baptism. (Some people take a new name at Confirmation in order to have an additional heavenly patron.)

Seal: This word has a rich meaning in our religion. In earlier times a document was shown to be authentic by the author putting his seal on the document (often with a signet ring) in a spot of hot wax. This distinctive mark or seal was like the person's signature. In Confirmation we receive God's mark, God's seal. God permanently and eternally seals us as God's Anointed Ones.

We receive the Sacrament of Confirmation only once. What happens to us in Confirmation so conforms us to Christ that the sacrament can never be repeated. We speak of this special conformity to Christ as the sacramental character of Confirmation.

Gift: This is a key word in the Sacrament of Confirmation. It reminds us that we are celebrating God's work. Sometimes we prepare for Confirmation by years of study and service and it may seem that Confirmation is a reward, something we have earned.

But Confirmation is not our work. It is God's gift. And what is that gift? The Holy Spirit is God's first gift to those who believe.

When you think of the word "spirit," what comes to mind? School spirit? Team spirit? When we speak of "team spirit," for example, we are referring to something which the members of the team possess and also something that is "beyond" the individual members. It is something that they all share, something that energizes them, something that gives them a common goal and vision.

That is what God's Spirit does to us. The Holy Spirit is God's breath in us. God's breath gives our bodies a special (divine) life, energy and enthusiasm. The Spirit makes us not only like the members of a team, but also makes us much more. We become the members of one body, Christ's body. The Holy Spirit unites us in the Body of Christ so that, with him, we can call God our Father, actually "Abba," which is more like daddy. It is this Holy Spirit that gives us our identity, that tells us who we are: the Body of Christ.

St. Paul uses this analogy with the human body to describe our relation with Christ. St. John uses a different analogy, that of a vine and its branches. At the Last Supper Jesus says to the disciples, "I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing" (John 15:5). In this analogy, the Holy Spirit can be compared to the sap of the plant, giving life to both vine and branches.

6. The Minister

Liturgical celebrations are the prayer of the Body of Christ, head and members. Sacraments are the prayer of Christ and the prayer of the Church. When we celebrate the sacraments, there is always someone who leads the prayer, a minister who speaks in the name of us all. In the early Church, this ministry of leadership was gradually assumed by the one whom we now call a bishop. The bishop was the one who presided at Confirmation, for the bishop was the one who presided at all the sacraments. As the Church grew, the bishop's assistants, then called presbyters (we would call them priests), began to preside at many liturgical functions. In your parish, it is probably the priest whom you ordinarily see leading the prayers at Mass and the other sacraments.

Today the minister of Confirmation (for those Catholics who were baptized as infants) is ordinarily the bishop. In some dioceses the bishop has delegated the pastor of the parish or another priest to confirm. When you are confirmed by the pastor of your parish, this symbol reminds us of the unity of the Sacraments of Initiation: We see the same minister leading us at Baptisms, Confirmation and celebrations of the Eucharist. When the bishop is the minister of Confirmation, this symbol reminds us that the bishop is the original minister of all the sacraments. The bishop presiding is also a symbol of the fact that we are initiated into a Church which is much larger than our parish.

7. Eucharist

The final and most important symbol of Confirmation is Eucharist. Eucharist is the fullness of Confirmation and the completion of Christian initiation. In Baptism our sins are washed away; in Confirmation we are filled with the Holy Spirit.

This Spirit empowers us to continue Christ's messianic (anointed) vocation. The life of Christ was first and foremost a life praising God.

Our praise of God culminates in the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the repeatable part of Confirmation. In each Eucharist the Holy Spirit comes upon us anew to strengthen us for service.

At the Eucharist we ask God to send the Spirit upon our gifts of bread and wine to change them into the Body and Blood of Christ in order that we who receive these gifts from the Father might become the Body of his Son. For example, in Eucharistic Prayer III we pray over the gifts, "...make them holy by the power of your Spirit, that they may become for us the body and blood of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ....Grant that we, who are nourished by his body and blood, may be filled with his Holy Spirit, and become one body, one spirit in Christ."

Filled with Christ's Spirit and united in his Body we can fulfill in our lives the command of Christ: Do this in memory of me. We can live our lives as Christ lived his. As St. Paul wrote in his second Letter to the Corinthians (5:18), we continue Christ's ministry of reconciliation and serve as agents of healing in this broken world. This is the ministry of Confirmation; this is the ministry of Christianity.


Catholic Answer

The sign of Confirmation is the anointing with Sacred Chrism (see sections 1293-1301, 1320 of the Catechism). Symbols would include the dove and fire, both of which symbolize the Holy Spirit.


from The Catechism of the Catholic Church, second edition, English translation 1994


In treating the rite of Confirmation, it is fitting to consider the sign of anointing and what it signifies and imprints: a spiritual seal.

Anointing, in Biblical and other ancient symbolism, is rich in meaning: oil is a sign of abundance and joy; (Cf. Deut11:14; Pss 23:5; 104:15) It cleanses (anointing before and after a bath) and limbers (the anointing of athletes and wrestlers); oil is a sign of healing, since it is soothing to bruises and wounds; (Cf. Isa. 1:6; Lk 10:34) and it makes radiant with beauty, health, and strength.


Anointing with oil has al these meanings in the sacramental life. The pre-baptismal anointing with the oil of catechumens signifies cleansing and strengthening; the anointing of the sick expresses healing and comfort. The post-baptismal anointing with Sacred Chrism in Confirmation and Ordination is the sign of consecration. By Confirmation Christians, that is, those who are anointed, share more completely in the mission of Jesus Christ and the fullness of the Holy Spirit with which he is filled, so that their lives may give off "the aroma of Christ." (2 Cor2:15)


Why do Catholics choose a sponsor at confirmation?

Catholic AnswerIt is the custom in some places, it is not a universal custom, however. Baptism requires at least one sponsor who presents the child, and professes the faith for the child, and serves as proxy if the parents are unable to fulfill their duties of raising the child in the faith. It has become customary to also have sponsors at confirmation, but this practice is not universal.

Who helps a candidate prepare for Confirmation?

The parents and sponsor(s) help prepare the candidate for Confirmation.

What do you do after confirmation?

There is seven sacraments in the Catholic Church. Here they are in order.






Holy Orders

Anointing Of The Sick

You can't receive holy orders if you are married.

Hope I helped :)

What are the traditions of the Catholic Church?

CatholicsOrdinary time

Advent-preparing for Christ Birth

there are four candles and each candle is lit on every Sunday of advent. 4 weeks of advent.

Christmas-B-day of Jesus

Ash Wednesday- catholics receive ashes from burned palms left over from Palm Sunday, smeared in the sign of the cross on their foreheads. It is encouraged to attend mass in the morning before work, or school and go though the day without washing off the markings..intriguing others, thus sharing the word of God.

Lent- time of sacraifice to make time for prayer.

Catholics give up something for God and Jesus Christ. desserts, computer, movies. You are saying to God I love you sooo much i will sacrafice something i want for you. also eating smaller meals and fasting are common ways to allow time for mediation and prayer.

Holy Thursday-remembrance of The First Mass and the First Eucharist, the Last Supper.

And whilst they were at supper, Jesus took bread and blessed and broke and gave to his disciples and said, Take ye and eat, This IS my body. And taking the chalice, he gave thanks and gave to them, saying, Drink ye all of this for this IS MY BLOOD of the new testament, which shall be shed for many unto remission of sins. Matthew 26, 26-28.

At Communion, Catholics believe that they truly are receiving Jesus, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.

Holy Thursday is a remembrance of the first Mass and First Eucharist, the Last Supper.

Good Friday-Jesus dies on the cross

This is where Baptist, Methodist, Catholics and all other Christains. Share the common bond. We all belive that Jesus came to die on the cross for our sins and he is the Son of God.

Easter- Jesus rose from the dead. Matthew 28, 1-10.

Ascension - Jesus leaves the Apostles, the first Bishops, instructions and then goes to heaven to be with his Father,God, Matthew 28, 18-20.

AnswerTotal submission to the decree of the Pope.


There are 23 rites or traditions within the Catholic Church worldwide. One Western, and twenty-two Eastern.

Can girls use boy saint names for confirmation?

I wouldn't think so. Normally, girls tend to use names like Mary The Virgin or something like that. It's up to you. If you're still unsure, ask your local priest.

Wrong answer. You may choose any saint's name.... male or female.

Agreed. It doesn't matter what gender the saint is, as long as the person truly likes the saint, and feels connected with him/her. I am a girl, and I'm think of choosing St. Genesuis because I am an actress. St. Genesuis was a male.

Why do Catholic nuns take a different name?

At one time all Catholic nuns adopted a new name, perhaps patterned after a saint they wished to emulate and they usually took "Mary" as their second name. The practice of taking a new name is now optional, some orders continue it, but many do not, so its common now to see a name like "Sister Barbara Jones".

When do people receive confirmation in the melkite church?

Typically, at the time of their baptism; although the sacrament is referred to as Holy Chrismation.

Is Chauncey a saints name?

Chauncey Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: CHAWN-see

From a Norman surname of unknown meaning.

What age do you have to be to be a sponsor for Confirmation?

Roman Catholic AnswerAlthough your parish or diocese may have specific requirements for a Confirmation sponsor, I believe the only absolute requirement is that he or she already be Confirmed in the Catholic Church, in the same rite that you are seeking Confirmation.