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Transcript of Confirmation
in which you complete
what the teachers of long ago used to call
your journey of Christian initiation:
The gift of the Spirit
makes you a living stone
in that dwelling place of God
amidst humanity that we call the Church.
The Church counts on you for its existence:
Even though you are young,
you’re able and ready to become, like Jesus,
one who serves.
You will receive a gift, but it’s a heavy gift;
I’d call it a seed that can bear a wonderful fruit.
Carlos Maria Martini
Letter to a boy preparing for Confirmation Confirmation's Origins The Epistles from St. Paul and Acts of the Apostles 8:14–17 and
19:2–6 serve as evidence of the first practices of Confirmation.
In the accounts of Acts of the Apostles, John and Peter are seen
imposing their hands on a group of baptized Christians in
Samaria who are receiving the Holy Spirit. In the second
account, John imposes his hands on 12 Christians in Ephesus
immediately after their baptism. Confirmation originated in the sacrament Baptism. Before Baptism and Confirmation split, the two sacraments used to be performed right after another. The term 'confirmation' was first used at the French Councils of Reiz and Orange in 411 and 439. Confirmation Minister Seven Symbols of Confirmation 1. Community 2. Baptism 3. Anointing Typically, the minister is a bishop. However, over time, priests can now preside at liturgical functions. Today, it is ordinarily the bishop who is the minister. However, in some dioceses, the bishop allows the pastor or another priest to hold the ceremony. 4. Touch 5. Words 6. The Minister 7. The Eucharist received power to possess spiritual acceptance and resist temptation. Originated in Christian Tradition The Development of Confirmation In the beginning, Christians became a part of the Church through a water baptism and a laying-on of hands. These actions set Christians apart from everyone else and made them special for their way of life. However, as time passed by, more and more converts became Christian. Now, becoming a Christian meant being like everyone else. Not only did this change, but the laying-on of hands changed also. Instead of this, the bishop would anoint the candidate with oil since oil is acquainted with the receiving of the Holy Spirit. As more time passed, the Christian initiation separated into two different parts: water baptism ministered by a priest, and anointing of oil by the bishop. This separation was caused by the lack of bishops. Since there was a limited amount of bishops, not every bishop could attend the people’s baptisms. Because of this, Confirmation has become what it is today. Confirmation a part of Catholic belief Confirmation is not only a part of Catholic tradition and heritage, but involves our baptism and the true meaning of being a Christian. Confirmation is another chance for us to accept God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, since most Catholics were baptized as young infants or children. In addition, it is and opportunity to accept our faith, as well as understanding our commitment, and love of God and the Church. Acts 8: 14-20 “Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the Word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who went down and prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit, for it had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit. When Simon saw that the Spirit was conferred by the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money
and said, "Give me this power too, so that anyone upon whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit." Controversy Surrounding Confirmation Confirmation is the initiation into a community, who is the sign of Christ's presence. Confirmation and Baptism go hand in hand. Both sacraments complement each other. Baptism is the washing away of sins, and Confirmation is God's grace. Since Jesus was called the "Anointed One", Christians are anointed to enter a community who lives out the Messiah's message.
"Anointing" is also a symbol of strength, healing, and agility. To impose one's hands onto someone symbolizes the calling of the Holy Spirit. When the presider places his hand on the candidates, he prays a prayer to 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 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). The words spoken during Confirmation seal the relationship with the Holy Spirit as well as the community of Anointed Ones. The minister, or the bishop, symbolizes that he is the original minister for all the sacraments. He is the one who baptizes, confirms, and gives us the Eucharist. The minister also reminds us the unity of the Initiation Sacraments. Everytime we receive the Eucharist, the Holy Spirit comes upon us to renew our strength. Filled with the Spirit, we can go and live out Jesus' commands and live as he lived. For many years, the debate on how old a person must be to receive the sacrament of Confirmation has always been unclear; a question which arose around the thirteenth century. Many councils were held regarding this topic, some groups preferred that Confirmation should be receieved at a younger age, while others tolerated an older age. However, they finally came to a conclusion in which they agreed that Confirmation can be received as young as seven through the adolescent years. Website Citations Book citations Image citations TURNER, P. "Confirmation." New Catholic Encyclopedia. 2nd ed. Vol. 4. Detroit: Gale, 2003. 84-92. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 7 May. 2011. Martos, Joseph. "What Difference Does Confirmation Make?." AmericanCatholic.org. St. Anthony Messenger Press , n.d. Web. 11 May 2011. <http://www.americancatholic.org/Newsletters/YU/ay0385.asp>. The New American Bible. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 11 Nov 2002. Web. 11 May 2011. <http://www.usccb.org/nab/bible/acts/acts8.htm>. Richstatter, Thomas. "Confirmation 7 Symbols in 1 Sacrament." AmericanCatholic.org. St. Anthony Messenger Press, n.d. Web. 12 May 2011. Kelly, Liam. Sacraments Revisited. New York, Mahwah: Paulist Press, 1998. 52-71. Print. Singer-Towns, Brian, Janet Claussen, and Clare VanBrandwijk. The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth. United States of America: Saint Mary's Press, 2004.
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Ariana Chavez, Brittany Leung, and Jennifer Martin Acts 19: 2-6 He said to them, "Did you receive the holy Spirit when you became believers?" They answered him, "We have never even heard that there is a holy Spirit." He said, "How were you baptized?" They replied, "With the baptism of John." Paul then said, "John baptized with a baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus." When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul laid (his) hands on them, the holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.