Confirmation confers the gifts of the Holy Spirit that we need to be witnesses to Christ in our daily lives. The Sacrament of Confirmation is conferred by the delaying on of hands followed by the anointing in the form of a cross with the oil of chrism on the forehead. The bishop is the usual minister of this sacrament. A Sponsor is needed who undertakes to encourage the confirmed Christian to fulfill the promise to be Christ’s witness. A person may choose a Confirmation name – usually, the name of a saint who can be a good role model, or stay with their given name provided that one of their given names is a saint’s name.
Through the sacrament of confirmation, God strengthens our souls like the Holy Spirit strengthened the disciples of Jesus on Pentecost. They then went out and preached the gospel fearlessly. Through confirmation, Catholics are strengthened to meet the spiritual challenges in their life.
Usually, candidates receive this sacrament when they are in grade 8. The candidates for the sacrament of confirmation are prepared by priests Rev. sisters and catechism teachers.