Confirmation is one of the three sacraments of initiation. In our diocese, we typically confirm between the age of 13-15 (around 8th grade). The sacrament of confirmation is typically conferred at each parish, with the bishop of the diocese.
When we are baptized, we receive – partially – the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Confirmation completes those gifts in us. With Confirmation, we are “sealed” in the Spirit.
When one is confirmed, the bishop will lay hands on the person, and then anoint them with chrism (blessed oil) reserved for just this purpose. The use of oil has a rich history in the Church: it symbolizes (in part) cleansing, healing, and strengthening. In Confirmation, we are strengthened in Christ and in our ability to live an outward Christian life.
If you have further questions, please contact Julie Dilley, Director of Religious Education.
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