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Answers to Confirmation Test


1.      Give chapter and verse, or the quote, for a biblical reference for what became known as the Sacrament of Confirmation.


Para. 1315: "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 baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit" (Acts 8:14-17).


2.      Which of the following is false about Confirmation?

Pick any combination of the following:

a.       It perfects Baptismal grace.

b.      It gives us the Holy Spirit.

c.       It helps us bear witness to the faith in words and deeds.

d.      It is the second plank of salvation.

e.       Anyone can administer Confirmation to another in grave necessity.


d and e. Para. 1285: Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the "sacraments of Christian initiation," whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace (Cf. Roman Ritual, Rite of Confirmation [OC], Introduction 1). For "by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed" (LG 11; cf. OC, Introduction 2).


Para. 1313: In the Latin Rite, the ordinary minister of Confirmation is the bishop (Cf. CIC, can. 882). If the need arises, the bishop may grant the faculty of administering Confirmation to priests (Cf. CIC, can. 884 § 2), although it is fitting that he should confer it himself, mindful that the celebration of Confirmation has been temporally separated from Baptism for this reason. . . .


3.      True or False. Since Confirmation gives the Holy Spirit to strengthen the believer in his witness to the world, the denial of one's faith requires a re-Confirmation to restore the Spirit of Witness.


False. Para. 1317: Confirmation, like Baptism, imprints a spiritual mark or indelible character on the Christian's soul; for this reason one can receive this sacrament only once in one's life.


4.      True or False. The administration of Confirmation directly following infant Baptism, and immediately followed by the Eucharist, is illicit in the Catholic Church.


False. Para. 1318: In the East this sacrament is administered immediately after Baptism and is followed by participation in the Eucharist; this tradition highlights the unity of the three sacraments of Christian initiation. . . .


5.      Why, in the Latin Church, does Confirmation not immediately follow Baptism?
Pick any combination of the following:


a.       The Latin Church no longer considers Confirmation a sacrament of initiation.

b.      A desire for the confirmand to make his own free will choice.

c.       In order to emphasize the importance of baptismal entry into the faith of the Church.

d.      The Church wants the bishop to confirm, in order to signify the strengthening of the bond to the Church and its apostolic origins.

e.       The Church wants to administer this sacrament after the age of reason.


d and e. Para. 1292: The practice of the Eastern Churches gives greater emphasis to the unity of Christian initiation. That of the Latin Church more clearly expresses the communion of the new Christian with the bishop as guarantor and servant of the unity, catholicity and apostolicity of his Church, and hence the connection with the apostolic origins of Christ's Church.

Para. 1318: . . . In the Latin Church this sacrament is administered when the age of reason has been reached, and its celebration is ordinarily reserved to the bishop, thus signifying that this sacrament strengthens the ecclesial bond.


6.      The one to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation must:


Pick any combination of the following:

a. be confirmed only by the local Ordinary.

b. be in the state of grace.

c. have the intention of receiving the sacrament.

d. have received the sacrament of Reconciliation prior to confirmation.

e. be prepared to assume the role of disciple and witness to Christ.


b, c, and e. Para. 1319: A candidate for Confirmation who has attained the age of reason must profess the faith, be in the state of grace, have the intention of receiving the sacrament, and be prepared to assume the role of disciple and witness to Christ, both within the ecclesial community and in temporal affairs.


Para. 1310: To receive Confirmation one must be in a state of grace. One should receive the sacrament of Penance in order to be cleansed for the gift of the Holy Spirit. . . .


7.      Which of the following are the essential elements of the Roman Rite of Confirmation?

Pick any combination of the following:


a. The words: "Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit."

b. The laying on of the minister's hand.

c. A symbolic slap on the cheek.

d. The anointing of the forehead with sacred chrism.

e. The reception of Holy Communion.


a, b, and d. Para. 1320: The essential rite of Confirmation is anointing the forehead of the baptized with sacred chrism (in the East other sense-organs as well), together with the laying on of the minister's hand and the words: "Accipe signaculum doni Spiritus Sancti" (Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.) in the Roman Rite, or: Signaculum doni Spiritus Sancti [the seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit] in the Byzantine rite.


9.      True or False. Because Baptism and Confirmation are not celebrated at the same time, the connection of Baptism to Confirmation is expressed by the renewal of baptismal vows.


True. Para. 1321: When Confirmation is celebrated separately from Baptism, its connection with Baptism is expressed, among other ways, by the renewal of baptismal promises. The celebration of Confirmation during the Eucharist helps underline the unity of the sacraments of Christian initiation.


10.              Which of the following real or symbolic uses of oil parallel the symbolism of anointing in the rite of Confirmation?


Pick any combination of the following:

a. It is a sign of abundance and joy.

b. It cleanses.

c. It limbers the limbs of athletes and wrestlers.

d. It heals, since it is soothing to bruises and wounds.

e. It signifies beauty, health, and strength.


All of the above. Para. 1293: In treating the rite of Confirmation, it is fitting to consider the sign of anointing and what it signifies and imprints: a spiritual seal.


Anointing, in Biblical and other ancient symbolims, is rich in meaning: oil is a sign of abundance and joy (Cf. Deut 11:14; Pss 23:5; 104:15); it cleanses (anointing before and after a bath) and limbers (the anointing of athletes and wrestlers); oil is a sign of healing, since it is soothing to bruises and wounds (Cf. Isa 1:6; Lk 10:34); and it makes radiant with beauty, health, and strength.


11.  In Confirmation we are "sealed" with the Gift of the Holy Spirit. What is the symbolism of the “seal”?

Choose any combination of the following:


a. A symbol of a person.

b. A sign of maturity.

c. A sign of personal authority.

d. A sign of ownership of an object.

e. An authentication of a juridical act.


a, c, d, and e. Para. 1295: By this anointing the confirmand receives the "mark," the seal of the Holy Spirit. A seal is a symbol of a person, a sign of personal authority, or ownership of an object (Cf. Gen 38:18; 41:42; Deut 32:34; CT 8:6). Hence soldiers were marked with their leader's seal and slaves with their master's. A seal authenticates a juridical act or document and occasionally makes it secret (Cf. 1 Kings 21:8; Jer 32:10; Isa 29:11).


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