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    Andres Ortiz
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    Not very long ago, I got to see four people be confirmed. This was the first time since I can remember that I have witnessed this at an Easter Vigil. I came from a parish in a small town where almost all those being confirmed were of high school age. I was confirmed just a few years ago in the latter situation, and it was an awesome experience for me, but it was beautiful again to see these others welcomed into the Catholic community. I felt some of the experience of my own confirmation come back to me when I again witnessed others make this sacrament at Easter Vigil.

    I think that although we cannot be confirmed or baptized twice, when we witness others making these sacraments, it allows us to think about how Christ has worked in our own lives, especially if we can remember our own confirmations, or possibly baptisms.

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    Andres Ortiz
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    Confirmation is an interesting sacrament because many hundreds of years ago it was celebrated at the same time someone was baptized.

    Now it has taken on the meaning of someone’s faith maturing or becoming an adult in the church.

    And no, the bishop doesn’t slap you anymore. <img src=” title=”Wink” />

    #2204

    Andres Ortiz
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    Actually, I recently became my sister’s confirmation sponsor. It is wonderful to see her mature and grow in her faith. Witnessing another’s confirmation is, in a way, a reminder and confirmation of our own faith.

    I bet it was also like that (both becoming a full member of the church as well as being a faithful reminder for others) when it was celebrated at the same time as baptism.

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    felix1782
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    I might be changing the topic a bit, but why do Catholics consider Confirmation a sacrament? This might be my staunch Lutheran background speaking, but isn’t Confirmation an extension of the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. an affirmation of God’s gifts of grace on us?

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    Andres Ortiz
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    Confirmation is a sacrament because it is [u:2zbua4jn]another[/u:2zbua4jn] time where we receive God’s grace when the Holy Spirit decends upon us. Thus, it is a kind of separate event from baptism. Of course there are similarities. Yes, we do profess our beliefs as we (or our parents) did at our baptism. At confirmation we become full members of the Church. It is because we receive the grace of God again that confirmation is a sacrament.

    Jesus’ diciples were baptized early in his ministry, but it was a separate “event” of receiving grace when the Holy Spirit decended among them.

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    Benedict
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    Because of my background, I have always viewed baptism as the way that we are brought to the vestibule of God’s church but confirmation is when we get up and walk into the church proper.

    I was confirmed over 2000 miles from my home and the parish I “grew up in” but God put me at ease. The bishop who performed my confirmation was visiting from Tucson.

    #2303

    Andres Ortiz
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    [quote:n5v519yz]I might be changing the topic a bit, but why do Catholics consider Confirmation a sacrament? This might be my staunch Lutheran background speaking, but isn’t Confirmation an extension of the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. an affirmation of God’s gifts of grace on us?[/quote:n5v519yz]

    Well, Kyle, maybe you could start by explaining in more detail the Lutheran explanation or doctrine of Confirmation and we can compare and contrast from there. <img src=” title=”Smile” />

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