Confirmation, in the Roman Catholic Church, is one of the seven sacraments. It is also one of the three sacraments of initiation into the Catholic Church, the other two being Baptism and Holy Communion.
In Christian denominations that practice infant baptism, confirmation is seen as the sealing of Christianity created in baptism. It is an affirmation of commitment and belief. Those being confirmed are known as confirmands.
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The Catholic Church teaches that the sacraments are "efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us."  The Church teaches that the effect of a sacrament comes ex opere operato , by the very fact of being administered, regardless of the personal holiness of the minister ...
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The Roman Catholic Church knows seven such sacraments. These are Baptism - usually given shortly after birth, it is meant to forgive original sin. Confirmation - done when reaching maturity; Holy Eucharist - The body and blood of Jesus Christ is eaten to remember the Last Supper. Marriage; Holy orders - the deacon, the priest and bishop.
Many of the Catholic Church's other sacraments, such as Confirmation, Holy Orders, and Holy Matrimony, are now generally administered within the framework of the Holy Mass, but before the Second Vatican Council were often or even usually administered outside of Mass.
Confirmation in the Lutheran Church is a public profession of faith prepared for by long and careful instruction. In English, it is called "affirmation of baptism", and is a mature and public reaffirmation of the faith which "marks the completion of the congregation's program of confirmation ministry".
The Catholic Church, sometimes referred to as the Roman Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with approximately 1.3 billion baptised Catholics worldwide as of 2018. As the world's oldest and largest continuously functioning international institution,  it has played a prominent role in the history and development of Western ...