Receive the Holy Spirit.
The Sacrament of Confirmation brings us into closer communion with the Church. It is through this sacrament that we receive the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Like Baptism, we can only receive Confirmation once, and this is now usually administered to children in primary 7 in the Archdiocese of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh. For adults being received into the Church, the Sacrament of Confirmation is conferred at the Easter Vigil.
The Sacrament of Confirmation calls us to witness to our faith, and to put it into practice in our lives:
“Like Baptism which it completes, Confirmation is given only once, for it too imprints on the soul an indelible spiritual mark, the "character," which is the sign that Jesus Christ has marked a Christian with the seal of his Spirit by clothing him with power from on high so that he may be his witness.”
The Sacrament of Confirmation is usually conferred by the Bishop. The Confirmandi (the person to be confirmed) is anointed with oil as the Bishop says “Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.” The anointing with oil is a biblical link to Jesus as the Messiah, as the Messiah would be a king who would be sent by God and anointed with oil. It reminds Catholics of our responsibility to carry on Christ’s mission in the world today.
Our local Catholic primary school, St. Mary’s, provides sacramental preparation for all Catholic pupils at the correct age. If your child is not a pupil at St. Mary’s, we will happily offer sacramental preparation within the parish – please get in touch with us here. If you are an adult and wish to become Catholic, please click here for more information.