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“In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is “sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit” and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ, through the laying on of hands.”1

Following Pentecost, this sacrament was administered to believers that “had only been baptized.”

“Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who went down and prayed for them, that they might receive the holy Spirit, for it had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them and they received the holy Spirit.”2

“So Ananias went and entered the house; laying his hands on him, he said, “Saul, my brother, the Lord has sent me, Jesus who appeared to you on the way by which you came, that you may regain your sight and be filled with the holy Spirit.”3

“And when Paul laid [his] hands on them, the holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.”4

Confirmation equips us for service and a fulfillment of our spiritual calling in life. Children are confirmed in the Catholic Church, for which they are prepared in CCD Classes. Adults prepare for confirmation through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).


  1. US Conference of Catholic Bishops – Confirmation
  2. Acts 8:14–17
  3. Act 9:17
  4. Acts 19: 6

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