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The Sacrament of Confirmation

Confirmation is the second Sacrament of Initiation, along with Baptism and Eucharist. All three sacraments are intimately connected. In the Sacrament of Confirmation candidates are “sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit” which strengthens them for growth in personal holiness and for service for the Body of Christ. Confirmation has been described as our “personal Pentecost”.

Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of Baptismal graces by:

▪   rooting us more deeply as adopted sons and daughters of God.

▪   uniting us more firmly to Christ.

▪   increasing the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit in us.

▪   bonding us more perfectly to the Church.

▪   giving us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and deed as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly and to never be ashamed of the Cross.” (CCC#1303)

There are many Scriptural references for an “outpouring” of the Holy Spirit. Luke 20:22 describes Jesus breathing on the Apostles to receive the Holy Spirit. Acts 2 describes the scene of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles like tongues of fire. Furthermore, the book of Acts describes times when the Holy Spirit was called down upon the disciples after Baptism by the laying on of hands.

The usual minister of the Sacrament of Confirmation is the Bishop. In certain instances the Bishop gives permission to parish priests to confirm. During the Liturgy, the celebrant prays for an outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit on the candidates through the laying on of hands.

After this, each candidate is brought forward and anointed with Sacred Chrism in the sign of the cross, while the celebrant prays, “Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit”.

The Sacrament of Confirmation should be received by every baptized person.

Every Pentecost Sunday the Archdiocese of Glasgow conducts a Confirmation liturgy at the Cathedral for baptized Catholic adults who, for whatever reason, never received the Sacrament of Confirmation.  If you are adult who wishes to receive this sacrament please contact the parish.