What is Confirmation?

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When people ask "What is Confirmation?", can you give a concise answer? See what the Baltimore Catechism teaches:

"Confirmation is the sacrament through which the Holy Ghost comes to us in a special way and enables us to profess our Faith as strong and perfect Christians and soldiers of Jesus Christ." (St. Anne's Helper Audio Baltimore Catechism)

Many of the questions for Confirmation are related to the Blessed Trinity and the Holy Ghost. One needs to know the main prayers like the Apostles' Creed, the Our Father, and the Hail Mary as well as a brief statement of each of the seven sacraments, the Ten Commandments, and the effects of Confirmation.

Confirmation is very important since it is the sacrament that gives us the extra sacramental graces necessary to persevere unto life everlasting. If you have the opportunity to be confirmed, treasure it and prepare well!

You'll be happy to know that St. Anne's Helper has the classic Catholic answers that are definitive and easy to remember. Generally we learn most about the sacraments of Baptism, Penance and the Holy Eucharist when we are studying for First Communion and we add more studies about these when we prepare for Confirmation. With St. Anne's Helper you have audio downloads, printable worksheets for copy work, and a printable booklet all available as Baltimore Catechism downloads.

After receiving the sacrament of Baptism, the best preparation for Confirmation is receiving the sacraments of Penance and the Holy Eucharist.

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Did you also know that the graces of your Confirmation can all be restored by a good Confession?

This applies to each of the Sacraments including Holy Orders and Matrimony! Think of having all of these graces restored! The booklet called Confession - Its Fruitful Practice explains that this restoration is proportional to our sorrow, according to St. Thomas Aquinas on page 18 (Tan Books).

Be sure to think of this so as to become a better soldier of Jesus Christ once you are confirmed, ordained, or married.

Catholic Confirmation assures us of the graces that we must dread to miss. No other sacrament and no other activity in the world can offer such protection and assurance on our way to Heaven.

St. Anne's Audio Catechism (CDs or Downloads) and Catechism Copybooks (can be used as Catholic printable worksheets) teach the basic Catholic beliefs for child or adult for both First Communion and Confirmation.

Catholic Holy Days of Obligation

Preparing for Confirmation is a great time to learn about the Catholic Holy Days of Obligation as you'll need to know them every year.

Which are the Holy Days of Obligation in the United States? They are still (Consult your local ordo for the specifics):

1. Christmas Day, December 25.
2. Circumcision, January 1.
3. Ascension Thursday, 40 days after Easter.
4. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15.
5. The Immaculate Conception, December 8.
6. All Saints' Day, November 1.

Use the numbers to help remember the titles and dates, "One. Christmas Day, December 25. Two. Circumcision", etc. Memorize one line at a time with its number and then learn them in order. This is a good trick with any list like the Catholic Ten Commandments. A younger student can use his fingers to keep his place till he is handy with the list. This way the number is the clue in a long list.

Another idea: Think of there being three for Our Lord, two for Our Lady, and one for the Saints in Heaven.

The Catholic liturgical calendar begins with Advent, four weeks before Christmas. This is the reason that Christmas Day is the first Holy Day on the list.

Catholic Saints Names

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What is Confirmation without choosing a Confirmation name? Choosing from amongst the many Catholic saints names can seem to be a big job. Catholic Liturgical Calendars and Catholic Missals can make the job easier. Fr. Lasance Catholic Missals tell a short story about the Saint of the day.

Tan Books sells a great booklet called Is it a Saint's Name?

Then find a book that tells the story of the saint's life. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Butler's Lives Of The Saints (not Attwater's version), and books on individual saint's lives are a great way to get to know your favorite saint so that you can choose a patron who will suit your personality.

Find more on choosing a saint's name here.

What Are The Symbols Of The Holy Ghost?

Symbols of the Holy Ghost

What is Confirmation without learning its symbols? Many catechisms do not teach these, but they are at least interesting to know.

The five symbols of the Holy Ghost are:

  1. Dove,
  2. Oil,
  3. Cloud,
  4. Water, and
  5. Fire.

Catholic art frequently shows the Holy Ghost as a dove or as tongues of fire, as in many beautiful pictures of Pentecost when the Holy Ghost descended on the Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Frequently a cloud, water or some depiction of oil is also used. Oil is more often a verbal symbol as in speaking of the strength Confirmation confers. Remember, the base word to Confirmation is "firm".

Learn these symbols easily with St. Anne's Helper Audio Confirmation Catechism CDs and Catechism Copybooks!

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