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The word confirmation means strengthening.
Search in your Bible and read:
“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.” (Acts of the Apostles 8:14-17)
The new baptized at Samaria received the strength of the Holy Spirit by the prayers and lay of hands of the apostles Peter and John.
All baptized have part in the gift of the Holy Spirit promised by Jesus. Those who are baptized as adult receive along with Baptism the sacrament of Confirmation and Holy Communion. However, those who are baptized as a child must follow all the way through First Communion to Confirmation. The sacrament is called Confirmation, because the faith given in Baptism is confirmed and made strong. Confirmation means accepting responsibility for our faith.
Normally, only the bishop confirms the Catholics in his diocese. However, priest can be delegated by the bishop to confirm.
This is the prayer the Bishop (or delegated priest) says at Confirmation:
All-powerful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
by water and the Holy Spirit
you freed your sons and daughter 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 judgment 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. R/. Amen
Then, the bishop (or delegated priest) makes the sign of the cross with the holy Chrism on the forehead of the one to be confirmed and says:
N., be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit. R/. Amen
Peace be with you. R/. And with your spirit.
If you have never received the Sacrament of Confirmation you can still do it and so complete all the Sacraments of Christian Initiation. Call the Parish office and we will let you know how to proceed.