Acts 8:14-17

14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to Samaria. 15 When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16 because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.



The celebration of confirmation

The sacrament of Confirmation indelibly seals us to the Holy Spirit, thus its name, "Sacrament of the Seal." Because this seal is indelible and leaves a permanent mark on the recipient's soul, the Sacrament, like Baptism and Holy Orders, may be received only once.

The integral element of Confirmation is the anointing of the confirmand (the person being confirmed) with the chrism oil; an oil that has been consecrated by the bishop, on the confirmand's forehead.  The anointing is accompanied by the Bishop saying, "Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit" 


The laying on of hands by the Bishop signifies the descent of the Holy Spirit.

The sign of peace concludes the rite and demonstrates  our communion with the Bishop and all the faithful.