In this 5th Grade lesson, you learn about the Sacrament of Confirmation. You will study how you receive the Holy Spirit and be strengthened as a soldier of Christ.Preview This Lesson
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The Seven Sacraments: Confirmation by Pietro Antonio Novelli, 1779
Confirmation is the Sacrament in which the Holy Spirit is given to baptized Catholics to make them strong and perfect Catholics in order to be devoted soldiers for Christ. When you are confirmed, you are anointed with Sacred Chrism by your bishop. A sign or a seal is placed on your soul, which is permanent. This marks you as a witness of Christ.
In ancient times, a “seal” was often used to close letters. Wax was dripped on a page, a stamp marked the wax, and this showed the identity of the author. A wax seal was used to verify that the object that was sealed was special, unopened or pristine. Objects that contain a special wax seal are recognized as special or important.
In a similar way, when you are Confirmed, you are anointed with Sacred Chrism. A seal is imprinted on your soul, and this shows Christ’s identity. This allows you to resemble more fully God’s image. The seal of Confirmation marks you as Christ’s witness. This shows you belong to Him as His soldier. You receive the strength to speak and defend the Faith based on the authority of Christ.
Sometimes seals were also used to bind agreements or covenants. As a symbol of unity, the seal was broken in two, and one half belonged to each party. In Confirmation, you recommit yourself to your Baptismal promises and your covenant with God. This means you publicly declare yourself to be God’s servant and a member of His family.
Matter, form, and ceremony:
As you have learned, Sacraments have two parts: matter and form. The matter is the physical sign of the Grace received. The form is the words that are said.
In Confirmation, the matter is the laying on of hands by the Bishop and the blessing or anointing with Sacred Chrism. The form is the words: “Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
The ceremony begins as you renew your baptismal promises and make a Profession of Faith, which is the Nicene Creed we are learning and memorizing. The Bishop extends his hands over the person or group as a sign of the gift of the Holy Spirit, saying:
“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 help and guide. Give them the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence, fill th... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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