A Prayer to the Holy Spirit (by Cardinal Mercier)
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May 15, 2019

The process of Confirmation in the Western Church

The church in the West came up with a different solution; the separation in time of the sacrament of confirmation from the sacrament of baptism, which has been the norm…
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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)
Articles
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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