Confirmation (Catholic Church)
, also known as
, is one of the seven
through which Catholics pass in the
process of their religious upbringing. According to Catholic doctrine, in this sacrament they receive the Holy Spirit.
Recall then that you have received the spiritual seal, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right
judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence, the Spirit of holy fear in God's presence. Guard what
you have received. God the Father has marked you with his sign; Christ the Lord has confirmed you and has placed
his pledge, the Spirit, in your heart.
Catholics believe that Confirmation is based on Biblical precedent such as
Acts of the Apostles
Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent them Peter and
John, who went down and prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit, for it had not yet fallen upon any
of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them and they received
the Holy Spirit.
(i.e., Western) Catholic Church, the
is to be conferred on the faithful at about the age of
discretion (generally taken to be about 7, but most people are confirmed at ages 13–14), unless the
has decided on a different age, or there is danger of death or, in the judgement of the minister, a grave
reason suggests otherwise
. The number of Episcopal Conferences that have set a later age has diminished in
recent decades, and even in those countries a bishop may not refuse to confer the sacrament on younger children
who request it, provided they are baptized, have the use of reason, are suitably instructed and are properly disposed