"Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received
the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John,
who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit;
for he had not yet come to any among them,
but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
They then laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit."
(Acts 8: 14-17)
Confirmation is one of the Sacraments of Initiation in the Church. It perfects Baptismal grace. For “by the sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized are more fully bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit”.
Confirmation is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine fililation (process of establishing paternity), incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bonds with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission and help us bear witness to the Christian faith with words accompanied by deeds. (CCC 1316)
The essential rite of Confirmation is anointing of the forehead of the confirmed and with sacred chrism, together with the laying on of the ministers hands along with the words: “Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit” (CCC 1320)
The sign of anointing signifys and imprints a "spiritual seal."
In Biblical and other ancient symbolism, anointing is rich in meaning. Oil is a sign of abundance and joy. It cleanses and limbers, heals and makes radiant with beauty, health and strength. (CCC1293)
This seal of the Holy Spirit marks our total belonging to Christ, our enrollment in his service for ever, as well as the promise of divine protection in the great eschatological (refers to end times and the second coming of Christ) trial. (CCC 1296)
CCC - The Catechism of the Catholic Church
For Adult Confirmation
See Adult Faith Formation Page / Adult Sacraments
For Youth Confirmation please see Confirmation page under SPX Youth