A Prayer to the Holy Spirit (by Cardinal Mercier)
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May 13, 2019

The process of Confirmation in the Eastern Church

The three sacraments of initiation are administered at the same time to infants in the Eastern Catholic (and Eastern Orthodox) Churches. Children are baptized, confirmed (or "chrismated"), and receive Holy Communion…
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A Prayer to the Holy Spirit (by Cardinal Mercier)
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May 13, 2019

Who is the Minister of the Sacrament of Confirmation?

"The original minister of Confirmation is the bishop." This is as the catechism of the Catholic Church points out, Each bishop is a successor to the apostles, upon whom the Holy Spirit descended…
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Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
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May 13, 2019

What are the Effects of the Sacrament of Confirmation?

Just as graces were granted to the Apostles on Pentecost, the sacrament of confirmation confers special graces of the Holy Spirit upon the person being confirmed. Like baptism, therefore, it…
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Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
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May 13, 2019

Appropriate Conditions for Confirmation

Although the Western church suggests receiving the sacrament of confirmation after reaching the "age of reason" (around 7 years old, or second grade in the United States), it can be…
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Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
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May 13, 2019

Confirmation (Sacraments of the Catholic Church)

Even though in the west, the sacrament of confirmation is usually received by Catholics as teenagers, several years after making their first Holy Communion, the Roman Catholic Church considers confirmation…
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Apostle's Creed (A Prayer of Faith)
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May 12, 2019

The Shorter Canonization Timeline

In our previous post on canonisation, we outlined  the process of caninising a saint. That process could be long and time consuming. In this post however,, we have given a…
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A Prayer to the Holy Spirit (by Cardinal Mercier)
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May 12, 2019

The Baptism of Blood

The baptism of blood is similar to the baptism of desire. It refers to the martyrdom of those believers who were killed for the faith before they had a chance…
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A Prayer to the Holy Spirit (by Cardinal Mercier)
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May 12, 2019

The Baptism of Desire

While the Church has always taught that baptism is necessary for salvation, that doesn't mean that only those who have been formally baptized can be saved. From very early on,…
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A Prayer to the Holy Spirit (by Cardinal Mercier)
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May 12, 2019

The Adult Baptism

Converts who are already adults also receive the sacrament, unless they have already received a Christian baptism. (If there is any doubt about whether an adult has already been baptized, the…
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A Prayer to the Holy Spirit (by Cardinal Mercier)
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May 12, 2019

The Infant Baptism

In the Catholic Church of today, baptism is most commonly administered to infants. While some other Christians strenuously object to infant baptism, believing that baptism requires assent on the part…
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