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Sacraments – Confirmation

Confirmation as the Perfection of Baptism

In Scotland confirmation is usually received as a teenager, several years after making First Communion. The Catholic Church considers it the second of the three Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism being the first and Communion the third). Confirmation is regarded as the perfection of Baptism, because, as the introduction to the Rite of Confirmation states:

“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”.

The Form of the Sacrament of Confirmation

Many people think of the laying on of hands, which signifies the descent of the Holy Spirit, as the central act in the Sacrament of Confirmation. The essential element, however, is the anointing of the confirmand (the person being confirmed) with chrism (an aromatic oil that has been consecrated by a bishop), accompanied by the words “Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit” (or, in the Eastern Catholic Churches, “The seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit”). This seal is a consecration, representing the safeguarding by the Holy Spirit of the graces conferred on the Christian at Baptism.

The Minister of the Sacrament of Confirmation

As the Catechism of the Catholic Church points out, “The original minister of Confirmation is the bishop.” Each bishop is a successor to the apostles, upon whom the Holy Spirit descended at Pentecost—the first Confirmation. The Acts of the Apostles mentions the apostles imparting the Holy Spirit to believers by the laying on of hands (see, for example, Acts 8:15-17 and 19:6).

The Church has always stressed this connection of confirmation, through the bishop, to the ministry of the apostles, but She has developed two different ways of doing so.

In St. Augustine’s our young pupils receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in either Primary 6 or Primary 7 of schooling. Sacramental preparation is carried-out during RE lessons at St. Augustine’s Primary, together with input from the priests of the parish.

Scarments

RCIA

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

As part of the revision of the Liturgy of the Sacraments which followed the Second Vatican Council an English text of the revised rite for the baptism and reception into full communion with the Catholic Church was published in 1987 after several years of preparation.

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BAPTISIM

Baptism: The Door of the Church

The Sacrament of Baptism is often called “The door of the Church,” because it is the first of the seven sacraments not only in time (since most Catholics receive it as infants) but in priority, since the reception of the other sacraments depends on it. 

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FIRST COMMUNION

Holy Communion: Our Life in Christ

The Sacrament of Holy Communion is the third of the Sacraments of Initiation. Even though we are required to receive Communion at least once per year (our Easter Duty), and the Church urges us to receive Communion frequently (even daily, if possible), it is called a sacrament of initiation because, like Baptism and Confirmation, it brings us into the fullness of our life in Christ.

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CONFIRMATION

Confirmation as the Perfection of Baptism

In Scotland confirmation is usually received as a teenager, several years after making First Communion. The Catholic Church considers it the second of the three Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism being the first and Communion the third). 

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MATRIMONY

Organising your Wedding

If you wish to marry at St. Augustine’s there are a number of things to do in preparation.

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RECONCILIATION

Confession is one of the least understood of the sacraments of the Catholic Church. In reconciling us to God, it is a great source of grace, and Catholics are encouraged to take advantage of it often.

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ANOINTING OF THE SICK

A Guide to Pastoral Care of the Sick

The sickness and incapacity of any member of the Church is not a matter only of private interest.

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