Confirmation Preparation

This 9th-century mosaic in the apse and on the triumphal arch of the church depict the martyrs and saints entering into the glory of the new Jerusalem.  In fact, Rome has been likened to the heavenly city.  Here the martyrs, holding their crowns of victory, are shown following the Princes of the Apostles (who are escorted by an angel) into the glory of heaven.


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Confirmation has it's origins in baptism.  The sacrament of Confirmation is conferred by anointing with chrism, which is done by the imposition of hands, and through the words prescribed in the Rite of Confirmation.  The ordinary minister of Confirmation is the bishop.  The chrism to be used in the sacrament of Confirmation must be celebrated by a bishop.


It is desirable that the sacrament of Confirmation be celebrated in a church and during Mass, but for a just and reasonable cause it may be celebrated outside Mass and in any worthy place.  The intention here is for those who are in the hospital, nursing home, or shut-ins.


Like Baptism, Confirmation is conferred only once in a Christian’s life.  All baptized persons who have not been confirmed are candidates for Confirmation regardless of physical or mental disability.  The faithful are obliged to receive this sacrament at the appropriate time; their parents and godparents, especially the parish priest, are to see to it that the faithful are properly instructed to receive it.


In St. Uriel's, the Sacrament of Confirmation is to be conferred on the faithful at the age of sixteen or older.  Why sixteen?  Because Confirmation assumes that the person being confirmed will now take their place as adults in the life of the parish.  Confirmation is not graduation from church!


Before a person can receive Confirmation; they must first have been baptized by water in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. 


Those Christians desiring to become an Anglican from Protestant denominations will need to receive the sacrament of Confirmation by the local bishop.


Those Christians desiring to join the Anglican Communion from Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodoxy do not need to be confirmed if they have already recieved the Sacrament of Confirmation.  The Anglican Church accepts the Sacrament of Confirmation from these Churches of the Apostolic Catholic Faith.  These candidates will be received by the local bishop into the Anglican Church. 



The sponsor needs to be a person who acts as a true witness to Christ and faithfully fulfills the obligations connected with this sacrament.  To perform the role of sponsor, one must also have received the Sacrament of Confirmation.  It is desirable that the person who undertook the role of sponsor at baptism be sponsor for the candidate at Confirmation. 

What does Confirmation do?

Video: Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation as described by Fr. Raphael Mary.