Confirmation

Confirmation is the second sacrament of initiation, although it is normally received third. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), "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 and defend the faith by word and deed" (par. 1285).

Like Baptism, Confirmation can only be received once since it imprints on our soul an indelible spiritual mark. At Confirmation, we are marked with the seal of the Holy Spirit.

In the diocesese of Nashville, Confirmation is conferred in the eighth grade.  Classes focus on the sacrament itself and on Church teachings so that students are fully prepared to be members of the Catholic faith. The candidates choose a patron saint and a sponsor. The patron saint is chosen based on attributes he or she exhibited in life that the candidate wishes to emulate, or for some other similar reason. A man or woman, faithfully living out the Catholic faith, is chosen as a sponsor - to be a support and a role model of Christian living. It is appropriate to choose one's baptismal godparent as one's sponsor, with the connection that Confirmation and Baptism truly have.

 

The sacrament of confirmation is found in Bible passages such as Acts 8:14–17, 9:17, 19:6, and Hebrews 6:2, which speak of a laying on of hands for the purpose of bestowing the Holy Spirit.

Hebrews 6:2 is especially important because it is not a narrative account of how confirmation was given and, thus, cannot be dismissed by those who reject the sacrament as something unique to the apostolic age. In fact, the passage refers to confirmation as one of Christianity’s basic teachings, which is to be expected since confirmation, like baptism, is a sacrament of initiation into the Christian life.

We read: "Therefore let us leave the Elementary (ERE) (ERE) teachings of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment" (Heb. 6:1–2).

Catholic Answers, “Confirmation” (San Diego: Catholic Answers, 2004)

http://www.catholic.com/library/Confirmation.asp

To register for Confirmation classes, please contact Louise Gregory in the Religious Education office at 615 367 0085, ext. 24. Or Click here to down load the Registration form.

 

For on him the Father, God, has set his seal. (John 6:27)

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