Saint Casimir Roman Catholic Church   †   Archdiocese of New York


Sacrament of Confirmation Saint Casimir Roman Catholic Church

Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For “by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1285)

The Sacrament of confirmation along with Baptism and Eucharist, complete the Sacraments of initiation and brings full membership in the church. The invocation of the Holy Spirit and the sacramental grace received fortifies the recipient in resisting temptation and truly living a Catholic Christian life. Also, one must be a fully initiated member of the church to function as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister at Mass or even to serve as a Baptismal godparent or Confirmation sponsor. The sacrament of confirmation offers profound spiritual and practical benefits.

Biblical references: Acts 19:5-6; Acts 8:14-17; 2 Cor 1:21-22; Eph 1:13; Heb 6:2