“No soul whatever is able to obtain salvation, unless it has believed while it was in the flesh. Indeed, the flesh is the hinge of salvation. In that regard, when the soul is deputed to something by God, it is the flesh which makes it able to carry out the commission which God has given it. The flesh, then, is washed, so that the soul may be made clean. The flesh is anointed, so that the soul may be dedicated to holiness. The flesh is signed, so that the soul too may be fortified. The flesh is shaded by the imposition of hands, so that the soul too may be illuminated by the Spirit.” – Tertullian, 208 AD
Confirmation takes place each year at the Easter Vigil by the Bishop of Lansing or his appointed representative for those in RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). Students in our Religious Education Program receive the sacrament of Confirmation in 9th grade, usually sometime in the Spring. For more information on receiving this sacrament please contact the Church office at (517) 655-2620.
The Sacrament of Confirmation has often times been called a “sacrament without a theology” because its meaning is not as clear as sacraments like baptism or holy orders. Below is a summary of the “effects” of the sacraments:
Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace: – it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation which makes us cry, “Abba! Father!”;
– it unites us more firmly to Christ;
– it increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us;
– it renders our bond with the Church more perfect;
– it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross.