Why is Confirmation necessary?

Confirmation strengthens the virtues imparted at Baptism and fortifies the faith of the individual.

What happens during Confirmation?

The Holy Spirit is invoked to animate the faith of the individual giving them courage to fight evil and choose to do good. In this sacrament the form is the words spoken by the Bishop (under certain circumstances a priest) ‘I sign thee with the sign of the cross, and I confirm thee with the chrism of salvation, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.’ The matter of the sacrament is the anointing (making the sign of the cross) with Holy Oil (Chrism Oil is blessed on Holy Thursday for the specific purpose of confirmation) on the forehead.

The soul receives the seven gifts of the Holy Ghost:

  • Wisdom
  • Understanding
  • Counsel
  • Fortitude
  • Knowledge
  • Piety
  • Fear of the Lord