Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Confirmation strengthens (“confirms”) the baptised soul.
The bishop lays his hands on the one who is to be confirmed and pronounces the solemn words, “Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit”, anointing the forehead at the same time with the oil of chrism.
Confirmation confers a particular grace, fortifying the soul to bear a greater witness to the faith than before (cfr Acts 1,8).
At Confirmation (which usually takes place during Mass at or around the feast of Pentecost (the commemoration of the Holy Spirit’s descent on Our Lady and the apostles) ), it is customary to pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel, piety, fortitude and fear of the Lord.
Confirmation is the sacrament that completes baptism. It is through this sacrament that the above gifts of the Holy Spirit are bestowed upon us.
The Sacrament of Confirmation takes place after a period of preparation, which usually takes place in your parish or Local Pastoral Area, please check with your parish how the preparations take place in your area.
There are two great actions through which the sacrament is conferred, the laying on of hands and the anointing with Sacred Chrism.
The laying on of hands is a calling down of the Holy Spirit upon the one to be confirmed, and the anointing with Sacred Chrism is a sealing of the covenant being made with God.
The usual minister of Confirmation is the Bishop, however in some cases the Bishop may delegate another priest to administer the sacrament.
In our diocese Bishop Mark Davies is assisted by Bishop Brian Noble, the Bishop Emeritus, in the administration of this great sacrament.
Click here to download the Guidelines for the Celebration of Confirmation in the Diocese of Shrewsbury