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Chapter 8-Confirmation. Celebrating Growth in the spirit. We need others to “confirm” who we are. Which persons have confirmed your identity and encouraged growth of the gifts you have been given? Who have been the primary revealers of the Spirit to you?. Growth in the Spirit.

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Chapter 8 confirmation

Chapter 8-Confirmation

Celebrating Growth in the spirit


We need others to confirm who we are

We need others to “confirm” who we are

  • Which persons have confirmed your identity and encouraged growth of the gifts you have been given?

  • Who have been the primary revealers of the Spirit to you?


Growth in the spirit

Growth in the Spirit

  • 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit

    • Wisdom

    • Understanding

    • Right judgment

    • Courage

    • Knowledge

    • Reverence

    • Wonder & aw in God’s presence


What it does doesn t

What it does & doesn’t

  • Does not confer maturity

  • Encourages a person’s developing maturity

  • Sharing in in Jesus’ ministry is made consciously

  • Service requirements


Rite of confirmation

Rite of Confirmation

  • Conferred by the Bishop

  • Usually takes place within celebrating Eucharist


In preparing for confirmation you choose a sponsor or the church chooses

In preparing for Confirmation you choose a Sponsor(or the church chooses)

  • Fully initiated

  • Active in faith

  • Help the person grow spiritually


Chapter 8 confirmation

  • Ritual/Symbols

    • Laying on of Hands

    • Anointing with Chrism; “Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit”


History

History

  • By third century in the Western church separated

  • In Eastern & Orthodox, Confirmation was never separated from Baptism


Soldier of christ

“Soldier of Christ”

  • Sign of peace

  • Middle ages it was a slap on the cheek

  • Past few decades sign of peace restored


Different definitions of confirmation

Different definitions of Confirmation

  • “Coming of Age’ or “Spiritual Maturity”

  • Current Understanding: ongoing initiation begun at Baptism.


Current debate where does it belong

Current Debate: Where does it belong?

  • Original sequence

    • Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist

  • Current practice

    • Infant Baptism, delay Confirmation until old enough to be conscious of the Spirit (after Eucharist)

  • Catholic canon law

    • Conferred at age of discretion (definition varies)

    • US: Between ages of 7 & 18


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