The Sacrament
of Confirmation

    Jesus promised the apostles that he would give them the courage they needed to face any fears about serving him. “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witness in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). It was a promise Jesus kept. As the disciples were gathered together in fear in the upper room at the time of the Feast of Pentecost, they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and with great courage and conviction went forth to preach the good news of Jesus Christ.
     The word confirmation means a “strengthening.” Confirmation confers the gifts of the Holy Spirit that we need to be witnesses to Christ in our daily lives. The Holy Spirit comes and strengthens those gifts we received at baptism and we are called to use these gifts to go forth and spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.    
     The Sacrament of Confirmation is conferred by the laying on of hands followed by anointing with sacred chrism on the forehead. Chrism is olive oil mixed with balsam that has been consecrated by the Bishop. The oil, since ancient times, has been a symbol of strength; the perfume is a symbol of the “fragrance of Christ” which the Catholic Christian must spread. The word “Messiah” and “Christ” both mean “Anointed One.”

     For information about the receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation, please call the parish office at 727-868-5276.
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