The Sacrament of Confirmation produces the following effects:
1. It imparts an indelible mark on the soul (making us Soldiers of Christ).
2. The sacrament roots us in Divine Sonship.
3. Confirmation unites us to Christ.
4. It increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us and gives us the strength of the Spirit to spread the faith.
The signs of the Sacrament of Confirmation are the laying on of hands by the bishop and the anointing with the Oil of Sacred Chrism. A bishop is the usual celebrant of the Sacrament of Confirmation. When administering the sacrament, the bishop first extends his hands over those to be confirmed and calls on God saying, “Send your Holy Spirit upon them to be their helper and guide.” The Holy Spirit helps us to believe, pray, love, and perform good deeds. After the bishop calls upon God, each person being confirmed is anointed with the Oil of Sacred Chrism on the forehead by the bishop as he says, “Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Baptism makes you a part of the Church; whereas, Confirmation calls you to take on more responsibility as a Church member. Through Confirmation, you are called to show Jesus’ presence by participating more fully in the mission of the Church and by working for justice and peace (being a Soldier of Christ).