Archive for the ‘Confirmation’

7 gifts that will blow you away

Take a moment to reread the story of the coming of the Holy Spirit in Acts. It will strike you as a fearsome event: And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue […]

Glistening with holiness

The anointing with chrism is the highpoint of the confirmation ritual. Chrism is oil (usually olive oil) that has a scent mixed into it (balsam, for example). Chrism for all the parishes of a diocese is consecrated every year during Holy Week by the bishop at a ritual at the cathedral. In our day, chrism is used for anointings at […]

Handle with care—a powerful sign of love

The laying on of hands is a central action in confirmation. Jesus used his hands to heal the sick, to bless others (especially children), and to share meals with his disciples. In particular, he used his hands to take up the bread and cup at the Last Supper before he was handed over to be crucified. Upon his resurrection, Saint […]

Two ways to celebrate confirmation—and its two most powerful symbols

The church has two different but similar rituals for the celebration of confirmation. The actual celebration of the rite itself is the same in both instances, but the placement of the rite changes depending on the circumstances. If you think of designing the sacraments as similar to designing a house, some houses are built in such a way that people […]

The most common mistake people make about confirmation

The sacrament of confirmation is a celebration of Jesus’ promise to send the Holy Spirit to us: “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8; see also Lk 24:49). Confirmation will NOT fill you with the Holy Spirit—because you are already full Because the sacrament of confirmation is so […]