“Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the Word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit; for it had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.” – Acts of the Apostles 8:14-17
Confirmation is the Sacrament that graces one with the Holy Spirit. The rite of Confirmation is anointing the forehead with the oil of chrism, together with the laying on of the Presider’s hands and the words, “Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.”
The recipient receives the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 11:2-3) and may receive one or more of the charismatic gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:7-11).
The ecclesial effect and sacramental grace of the sacrament gives the recipient the strength and character to witness for Jesus.
At St. Luke’s, there are two programmes of preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation, depending on the age of the person being confirmed.