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(CCC 1285 - 1381)

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.  88 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 & defend the faith by word & deed." 89       - CCC 1285

Effects of Confirmation

  • Seal our souls with an indelible mark.

  • Empowers us with special strength to proclaim the Gospel of Christ to all people.

  • Matures all the graces of baptism:

                  * The 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit are completed & matured.

                  * The fruits of the Holy Spirit are strengthened.

                  * Unites us more closely & roots us more deeply as divine children of God.

                  * Perfects our common priesthood.


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