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[* Confirmation -Sacrament of Initiation *]

by Suzanne M Hurley

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2 Confirmation -Sacrament of Initiation
- Book 2 in the Aspects of Catholicism Series

ISBN:978-1-988128-06-1

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Suzanne M Hurley

FICTIONAL GENRES

The Samantha Barclay Mystery Series of Novels:
External Links below on all titles to Suzanne Hurley’s Site

-1 Changeable Facades External Links

-2 Delusions

-3 Chances

-4 Shades Of Envy

-5 Who Did It?

WOMEN’S FICTION

-Never Ever

-Nice Girls Can Win

-Wings of the Past

YOUNG ADULT

-To the Stars
-The Teddy Bear Eye Club

NONFICTION

Aspects of Catholicism Series

-1 [_ Baptism -Sacrament of Initiation _]

-2 Confirmation – Sacrament of Initiation

-3 Eucharist – Sacrament of Initiation

-4 Take Me to Confession

-5 Take Me to Mass

-6-Prayers Of The Rosary

-7 Gifts and Prayers Inspired By Teens

Adult Coloring Books Series

-1.Relaxation With Coloring

-2 Calm by the Numbers

-3 Fish Coloring Book
- 4 Relaxing with Fractals
- 5 Relaxing with Spheres
- 6 Relaxing with Patterns

Visit Suzanne M Hurley at www.suzannemhurley.com, (External Link) for details on her books, ordering links and so much more.

Many of Ms Hurley’s books are available in a variety of print sizes and e-book formats for many devices.

Suzanne’s Blog is at http://suzannemhurley.blogspot.ca/ (External Link)

Contents

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Godparent

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Signs and Rite of Confirmation

Title

SACRAMENTS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Sacraments date back to the time of Jesus Christ. They were started or instituted by Christ during His public life on earth, as the Son of God. The thought likely, behind the entire set of sacraments, was to give help or Divine Grace to His Apostles, and to all who decided to follow His teachings.

Jesus gave His Apostles and to His Church, the seven sacraments and explained how they were to administered by the Apostles and their successors, to the faithful.

[The Sacraments of Christian Initiation
**]

1212 The sacraments of Christian initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist – lay the foundations of every Christian life. “The sharing in the divine nature given to men through the grace of Christ bears a certain likeness to the origin, development, and nourishing of natural life. The faithful are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life. By means of these sacraments of Christian initiation, they thus receive in increasing measure the treasures of the divine life and advance toward the perfection of charity.

BAPTISM

“Every person not yet baptized and only such a person is able to be baptized.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) 1246

CCC 1271 Baptism constitutes the foundation of communion among all Christians, including those who are not yet in full communion with the Catholic Church: “For men who believe in Christ and have been properly baptized are put in some, though imperfect, communion with the Catholic Church. Justified by faith in Baptism, [they] are incorporated into Christ; they therefore have a right to be called Christians, and with good reason are accepted as brothers by the children of the Catholic Church.” “Baptism therefore constitutes the sacramental bond of unity existing among all who through it are reborn.”

  • CONFIRMATION*

The Eastern Rite of the Church usually broadens the acceptance into the Church, by immediately following a baptism with the Sacrament of Confirmation. The role of the godparent(s) in the Baptismal rites is further reinforced as these baptismal godparents are also the sponsors for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

CCC 1285 …together constitutes the “sacraments of Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For “by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.”

EUCHARIST

CCC 1322 the holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.

PENANCE

CCC1461 Since Christ entrusted to his apostles the ministry of reconciliation,^65^ bishops who are their successors, and priests, the bishops’ collaborators, continue to exercise this ministry. Indeed bishops and priests, by virtue of the sacrament of Holy Orders, have the power to forgive all sins “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

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MATRIMONY]

CCC1630 The priest (or deacon) who assists at the celebration of a marriage receives the consent of the spouses in the name of the Church and gives the blessing of the Church. The presence of the Church’s minister (and also of the witnesses) visibly expresses the fact that marriage is an ecclesiastical reality.

HOLY ORDERS

CCC THE THREE DEGREES OF THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY ORDERS

1554 “The divinely instituted ecclesiastical ministry is exercised in different degrees by those who even from ancient times have been called bishops, priests, and deacons.” Catholic doctrine, expressed in the liturgy, the Magisterium, and the constant practice of the Church, recognizes that there are two degrees of ministerial participation in the priesthood of Christ: the episcopacy and the presbyterate . The diaconate is intended to help and serve them. For this reason the term sacerdos in current usage denotes bishops and priests but not deacons. Yet Catholic doctrine teaches that the degrees of priestly participation (episcopate and presbyterate) and the degree of service (diaconate) are all three conferred by a sacramental act called “ordination,” that is, by the sacrament of Holy Orders:

ANOINTING OF THE SICK

CCC In case of grave illness . . .

The Anointing of the Sick “is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. Hence, as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for him to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived.”^130^

If a sick person who received this anointing recovers his health, he can in the case of another grave illness receive this sacrament again. If during the same illness the person’s condition becomes more serious, the sacrament may be repeated. It is fitting to receive the Anointing of the Sick just prior to a serious operation. The same holds for the elderly whose frailty becomes more pronounced.

. . . “let him call for the presbyters of the Church”

1516 Only priests (bishops and presbyters) are ministers of the Anointing of the Sick.^131^ It is the duty of pastors to instruct the faithful on the benefits of this sacrament. The faithful should encourage the sick to call for a priest to receive this sacrament. The sick should prepare themselves to receive it with good dispositions, assisted by their pastor and the whole ecclesial community, which is invited to surround the sick in a special way through their prayers and fraternal attention.

Who and when you can receive the other sacraments are not easily defined for both the Eastern and Latin Rites of the Catholic Church. These answers will be left for inclusion in separate publications for the individual sacraments.

The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation can be received multiple times, once a person is baptized in the Church, even for those having been baptized in other religions, and conditionally within the Catholic Church.

CCC1446 Christ instituted the sacrament of Penance for all sinful members of his Church: above all for those who, since Baptism, have fallen into grave sin, and have thus lost their baptismal grace and wounded ecclesial communion. It is to them that the sacrament of Penance offers a new possibility to convert and to recover the grace of justification. The Fathers of the Church present this sacrament as “the second plank [of salvation] after the shipwreck which is the loss of grace.

We arrive at a definition of the sacrament. (The) Sacraments were instituted by Christ, to be offered as an inward and visible sign of the administration of divine grace for the members of the Holy Church.

CCC 1210 Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law. There are seven: Baptism, Confirmation (or Chrismation), the Eucharist, Penance, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony. The seven sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian life: they give birth and increase, healing and mission to the Christian’s life of faith. There is thus a certain resemblance between the stages of natural life and the stages of the spiritual life.

Not all ministers or clergy within the Church are equally able to administer the sacraments.

A bishop or higher ranking minister is able to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation in Roman Rite; a priest is able to administer many of the remaining sacraments. Even the laity, when there is danger of death can convey the sacrament of Baptism with water and words. As might be the case for a mother, if discovering her dying unbaptized child.

Most Catholics, over their lifetime, will not be able to avail themselves of all seven sacraments. Some sacraments will be received many times, others just once and some never at all.

Hierarchy of the Clerical positions within the Church

Pope: Head of the church, he is based at the Vatican. The pope is infallible in defining matters of faith and morals.

Cardinal: Appointed by the pope, nearing 200 cardinals worldwide; make up the College of Cardinals. As a body, it advises the pope and, on his death, elects a new pope.

Archbishop: An archbishop is a bishop of a main or metropolitan diocese, also called an archdiocese. A cardinal can concurrently hold the title.

Bishop: A bishop, like a priest, is ordained to this station. He is a teacher of church doctrine, a priest of sacred worship, and a minister of church government.

Priest: An ordained minister who can administer most of the sacraments, including the Eucharist, baptism, and marriage. He can be with a particular religious order or committed to serving a congregation within a parish setting or role.

Deacon: A transitional deacon is a seminarian studying for the priesthood. A permanent deacon can be married and assists a priest by performing some of the sacraments.

Laity The largest portion of the church and primarily those gained entrance through their baptism. Some layers exist within the laity for specialized duties e.g. altar servers, readers, Eucharistic ministers, etc

This publication will focus on the Sacrament of Confirmation, the second step in gaining membership within the Catholic Church. This sacrament is typically administered in the Latin rite during the later elementary grades of school. . It is felt that youth now have a say in being part of the communion of believers in Jesus Christ and the institution of the Church. This sacrament and the others that can now follow, greatly assist the both the development and future of the child. Until the Middle Ages, the Sacraments of Initiation — baptism, holy Eucharist, and confirmation — were administered at the same time.

The Eastern Rite of the church still administers Baptism and Confirmation at the same time and with the same sponsor(s) or godparent(s) taking part in each sacrament.

Additional assistance is provided by the selection of at least one godparent or sponsor to act as a role model of a practicing Catholic. Contemporary times now usually select two godparents, one female and one male. for infants, but adult sponsors can often just be a single sponsor.

“Like Baptism which it completes, Confirmation is given only once, for it too imprints on the soul an indelible spiritual mark, the ‘character,’ which is the sign that Jesus Christ has marked a Christian with the seal of his Spirit by clothing him with power from on high so that he may be his witness.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church article 1304)

Also in preparation for adult baptism, sponsors initially called patrinus,” or “godfather were selected. Their role was to attest to the integrity of the person, seeking admission into the Church as well as to assist him during the catechumenate in preparing for these sacraments and in living a Christian life.

GODPARENTS

A Baptismal godparent is not only allowed, but is in fact desired as the Confirmation sponsor, in order to emphasize the relationship between Baptism and Confirmation (Canon 893.2)

Selecting Godparent(s).

A parent may not act as a sponsor for his or her child (Canon 874)
The Church encourages us to consider our godparents as sponsors for confirmation

The parent(s) can assist the grade school child should choose sponsor(s) who
- may be male or female
- is a fully initiated Catholic and living a life of faith which befits the role to be undertaken,.
- and is not prohibited by Canon Law from exercising the role of sponsor ..
- Sufficiently mature, at least 16 years or older
- Sponsors are expected to receive Holy Communion at the Mass of Confirmation.

A sponsor has a significant role to play in the development of confirmation candidate. A sponsor is a living example of faith, one whose actions reflect the actions of Jesus.

The name of the confirmand, the person receiving the sacrament of confirmation

The use of the baptismal name on the occasion of Confirmation better expresses the relationship between Baptism and Confirmation.

If a special Confirmation name is taken at a later date, it must be the name of a recognized saint or an acceptable recognized Christian name (such as Faith, Charity, Prudence).

If confirmation is to be administered separately from Baptism, the confirmand must be in a state of grace. In addition to receiving instructions or preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation, at the school of parish level, the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation should be arranged in close proximity prior to the Confirmation.

THE SIGNS AND THE RITE OF CONFIRMATION

“In treating the rite of Confirmation, it is fitting to consider the sign of anointing and what it signifies and imprints: a spiritual seal.

Anointing, in Biblical and other ancient symbolism, is rich in meaning: oil is a sign of abundance and joy; it cleanses (anointing before and after a bath) and limbers (the anointing of athletes and wrestlers); oil is a sign of healing, since it is soothing to bruises and wounds; and it makes radiant with beauty, health, and strength.”CCC 1293 

“Anointing with oil has all these meanings in the sacramental life. The pre-baptismal anointing with the oil of catechumens signifies cleansing and strengthening; the anointing of the sick expresses healing and comfort. The post-baptismal anointing with sacred chrism in Confirmation and ordination is the sign of consecration. By Confirmation Christians, that is, those who are anointed, share more completely in the mission of Jesus Christ and the fullness of the Holy Spirit with which he is filled, so that their lives may give off “the aroma of Christ.” CCC1294 

“By this anointing the confirmand receives the “mark,” the seal of the Holy Spirit. A seal is a symbol of a person, a sign of personal authority, or ownership of an object. Hence soldiers were marked with their leader’s seal and slaves with their master’s. A seal authenticates a juridical act or document and occasionally makes it secret. “CCC 1295

“Christ himself declared that he was marked with his Father’s seal.Christians are also marked with a seal: “It is God who establishes us with you in Christ and has commissioned us; he has put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.” 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 trial”.CCC 1296

Timing of Confirmation Rites.

Within the eastern rite, a priest is able to administer the sacrament of Baptism and Confirmation.

A bishop is generally the celebrant in the Latin rite, “The original minister of Confirmation is the bishop.” Each bishop is a successor to the apostles, upon whom the Holy Spirit descended at Pentecost—the first Confirmation.

Many confirmations are carried out in the spring, but the timing greatly depends on the schedule or availability of Bishops in the area, or priests given permission to act as celebrants for the sacrament.

Confirmation is often part of a Sunday and even weekday masses. The Rite of Confirmation usually start after the reading of the Gospel.

[After the Homily or the Bishop’s address to the candidates for confirmations.
__]

Renewal of Baptismal Promises

The Bishop questions the children:

Bishop: Do you reject Satan and all his works and all his empty promises?

The candidates respond together:
Candidates: We do.

Bishop: Do you believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth?

Candidates: We do.

Bishop: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary, was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father?

Candidates: We do.

Bishop: Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who came upon the apostles at Pentecost and today is given to you in the sacrament of Confirmation?

Candidates: We do.

Bishop: Do you believe in the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sin, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting?

Candidates: We do.

Bishop: This is our faith. This is the faith of the Church. We are proud to profess it in Christ Jesus our Lord.

All reply: Amen.

The whole community with united voice expresses its faith by singing:

Laying on of Hands

Then the Bishop (together with the priests assisting him) stands with joined hands, facing the people, and says:

My dear friends: In baptism God our Father gave the new birth of eternal life to his chosen sons and daughters.

Let us pray to our Father that he will pour out the Holy Spirit to strengthen his sons and daughters with his gifts and anoint them to be more like Christ, the Son of God.

All then pray in silence for a while.

The whole community, particularly the parents, join with one voice in asking the Holy Spirit to come on their children in the following words:

Come Holy Ghost, Creator come,

Descend from heaven’s throne, Come take possession of our hearts,

And make them all your own. Then come great Spirit to your own,

Our hearts make pure and strong, Direct our weary steps today,

And turn our wills from wrong. All glory to the Father be,

With his eternal Son, The same unto the Paraclete, While endless ages run.

The Bishop (and the priests assisting him) impose their hands over those to be confirmed.

The Bishop alone says: 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 judgement and courage,

the spirit of knowledge and reverence.

Fill them with the spirit of wonder and awe in your presence.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

All reply: Amen.

Anointing with Chrism

The candidates to be confirmed, line up standing at the altar rails or within the aisle of the church.

The Sponsor places the right hand on the candidate’s shoulder when the pair is standing in front of the bishop.

A priest/teacher tells the Bishop the first Christian name and the Confirmation name of the candidate to be confirmed.

The Bishop traces the sign of the cross on the forehead of the candidates with chrism, saying:

N……. Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.

The candidate replies: Amen.

The Bishop adds: Peace be with you.

The candidate answers: And with your Spirit.

During the anointing with Chrism suitable hymns may be sung.

The Prayer of the Faithful should be composed by the local community, with confirmand participation.

The Eucharistic Liturgy When the Prayer of the Faithful has been said,

Mass continues in the normal way. Some of those confirmed take part in the Offertory procession

Appendix

The following links are presented for those readers looking for added details surrounding the sacrament of Confirmation.

Francis: Priests should never refuse baptism to one who asks [+ http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/francis-priests-should-never-refuse-+]

Video of an actual confirmation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOTnDCW-Zu8

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Suzanne M Hurley

FICTIONAL GENRES

The Samantha Barclay Mystery Series of Novels:
External Links below on all titles to Suzanne Hurley’s Site

-1 Changeable Facades External Links

-2 Delusions

-3 Chances

-4 Shades Of Envy

-5 Who Did It?

WOMEN’S FICTION

-Never Ever

-Nice Girls Can Win

-Wings of the Past

YOUNG ADULT

-To the Stars
-The Teddy Bear Eye Club

NONFICTION

Aspects of Catholicism Series

-1 [_ Baptism -Sacrament of Initiation _]

-2 Confirmation – Sacrament of Initiation

-3 Eucharist – Sacrament of Initiation

-4 Take Me to Confession

-5 Take Me to Mass

-6-Prayers Of The Rosary

-7 Gifts and Prayers Inspired By Teens

Adult Coloring Books Series

-1.Relaxation With Coloring

-2 Calm by the Numbers

-3 Fish Coloring Book
- 4 Relaxing with Fractals
- 5 Relaxing with Spheres
- 6 Relaxing with Patterns

Visit Suzanne M Hurley at www.suzannemhurley.com, (External Link) for details on her books, ordering links and so much more.

Many of Ms Hurley’s books are available in a variety of print sizes and e-book formats for many devices.

Suzanne’s Blog is at http://suzannemhurley.blogspot.ca/ (External Link)

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