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Con`fir*ma"tion, n. Etym: [F. confirmation, L. confirmatio.]

1. The act of confirming or strengthening; the act of establishing, ratifying, or sanctioning; as, the confirmation of an appointment.

Their blood is shed in confirmation of the noblest claim. Cowper.

2. That which confirms; that which gives new strength or assurance; as to a statement or belief; additional evidence; proof; convincing testimony.

Trifles light as air are to the jealous confirmations strong as proofs of holy writ. Shak.

3. (Eccl.)

Defn: A rite supplemental to baptism, by which a person is admitted, through the laying on of the hands of a bishop, to the full privileges of the church, as in the Roman Catholic, the Episcopal Church, etc.

This ordinance is called confirmation, because they who duly receive it are confirmed or strengthened for the fulfillment of their Christian duties, by the grace therein bestowed upon them. Hook.

4. (Law)

Defn: A conveyance by which a voidable estate is made sure and not voidable, or by which a particular estate is increased; a contract, express or implied, by which a person makes that firm and binding which was before voidable.

The Sacrament of Confirmation

2 Corinthians 1:21-1:22

1:21. Now he that confirms us with you in Christ and that has anointed us, is God:
1:22. Who also has sealed us and given the pledge of the Spirit in our hearts.

"But it is God who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us, by putting his seal on us and giving us his Spirit in our hearts as a first installment." -2 Corinthians 1:21-22
"Be sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Peace be with you."

Confirmation is one of the three sacraments of initiation. The development of Confirmation as a rite and sacrament in itself coincides with the growth of the Christian Church. Confirmation is the anointing on the forehead of a baptized person with Chrism. From the beginning of the Church, those who were baptized were always given this seal by the head of a local Christian community (today called a bishop). As the Church grew, bishops appointed co-workers (priests) to celebrate the Sacraments on a day to day basis for parish communities. Bishops made it their practice as head of a local Church to visit all the communities of Christians under their care. During those visits, the bishop would confirm any baptisms that had taken place by sealing the baptized person with Chrism.

Confirmation deepens a baptized person's communion with the Christian community. It also connects the individual to the Church on a broader level. Confirmation celebrates a deepening of the gifts of the Holy Spirit first given to a person at baptism and renewed and enriched in each celebration of the Eucharist.


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