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 (in the form of the sacred blood, the consecrated wine), all in the same ceremony, and always in that order.

Since the timely reception of baptism is very important and it would be very hard for a bishop to administer every baptism, the bishop’s presence, in the Eastern Churches, is signified by the use of chrism consecrated by the bishop. The priest, however, performs the confirmation.

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