Sacrament of Confirmation

“I have baptized you with water; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit”. (Mark 1:8)

The New Testament shows how the Holy Spirit was with Christ to bringing the Messiah’s mission to fulfillment.  On receiving the baptism of John, Jesus saw the Spirit descend on him (see Mk 1:10), and remain with him. He was led by the Spirit to undertake his public ministry as the Messiah, relying on the Spirit’s presence and assistance.He later promised his disciples that the Holy Spirit would help them to bear fearless witness to their faith, even before persecutors (see Lk 4:17-21).

By the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized are strengthened by the gifts of Holy Spirit in order to bear witness to Jesus Christ. The Sacrament of Confirmation is administered by the laying-on of hands and anointing with chrism accompanied by the prayer: “Receive the Holy Spirit.” The chrism is blessed by the bishop and the bishop or a priest delegated by him administers the sacrament. All baptized persons can and should be confirmed.

In the Sacrament of Confirmation, we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit to strengthen us and sustain us in fulfilling our calling. We receive seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, knowledge, fortitude, piety and the fear of the Lord. Confirmation deepens our baptismal life which calls us to be missionary disciples of Jesus Christ in our families, neighborhoods, society, and the world. Our faith life is deepened and becomes more intense with greater emphasis given to the person of Jesus Christ, who has become our Lord and Savior.

By:  Monsignor John S. Mbinda