Church of St Francis of Assisi

The Sacrament of Confirmation is one of the 3 Sacraments of Initiation.

We receive the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit and it gives us strength to live as disciples of Christ. Through Confirmation, we become adopted children of God and it increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us.

Like Baptism, Confirmation leaves an indelible spiritual mark which cannot be erased and repeated. We belong totally to God and our service is to him forever.

The graces (supernatural gifts) of Confirmation are: 1) enriching and deepening our Baptismal grace, 2) empowering us to be rooted in Christ, 3) strengthening our bond with the Church, 4) bearing witness to the faith and defending it through our words and actions, and 5) increasing the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us.

The matter (visible signs) are: the anointing with chrism (perfumed) oil and laying on of hands.

The form (words) are: "Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit."