growth in the grace of baptism
binds one more firmly to Christ
and to the Church
reinvigorates gifts of the Holy Spirit
gives a special strength to witness
to the Christian faith
Can only be received after being Baptized by water
confirms and strengthens baptismal grace
in the "state of grace"
can be received only once
baptized in Spirit
"seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit"
"tongues of fire"
on the day the apostles were baptized with
the Spirit, around 3,000 people were saved that day.
essential rite is anointing with chrism
laying of hand
done on the forehead with the words,
" Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit"
(in the West; nos. 267)
also done on other parts of the body with the
words, "The seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit"
(Eastern Churches; nos. 267)
oil mixed with balsam is consecrated
by the Bishop alone.
by the Bishop
can now be performed
by priests too
Necessary for growth and maturity
It is mostly the person himself wanting
and choosing to be part of the Church
As infants, their parents were the
who wanted them to get ba[ptized
They re-affirm their faith .
They get to choose their own Christian baptismal name
or make it the same when they were baptized as infants
becomes a full
member of the Church