The Sacrament of Confirmation  

  • The usual age for Confirmation in this Diocese is 12-13 yrs (yr 8) –  however candidates may register up to their 16th birthday
  • (If you are 16 years or older and wish to be Confirmed, please contact the Coordinator of Sacramental Ministries: sacramental@christchurchsouth.org.nz)

 

What is the Sacrament of Confirmation?

Together with Baptism, the Holy Eucharist, the sacrament of Confirmation is one of three  “sacraments of Christian initiation” (CCC 1285).

The sacrament of Confirmation unites the Church more intimately and enriches her with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Thus those who receive it are obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed, as true witnesses of Christ.

As we read in the Acts of the Apostles, this sacrament was already lived in the early Church: “When the Apostles who were in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the Word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. These went down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit; for He had not yet descended upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid their hands on them and received the Holy Spirit” (Acts 8:14-17).

 

This three minute video is a helpful summary of the sacrament: