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  • In the early church, Confirmation was one sacrament with Baptism and was often performed by a priest because bishops had many responsibilities throughout their diocese.  The practice in Confirmation of anointing with oil comes from the early church in the Old Testament when oil was a sign of abundance and used for cooking, cleansing, and light. 
  • Ecumenical Councils
  • The Council of Trent decided that the Age of Discretion should be around 16 years old. The sacrament of Confirmation is performed according to the age of discretion because it's a conscious choice to live a life of Christ.
  • Testament Tradition
  • sacrament by which Catholics receive a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit, who gives them the increased ability to practice their Catholic faith in every aspect of their lives and to witness Christ in every situation
  • The Sacrament of Confirmation
  • Early Church Fathers
  • It is impossible to not see Christ in this sacrament because all sacraments are possible through the power of the Holy Spirit and are methods of bringing us closer to God.
  • Do You See Christ?
  • “The neophytes are anointed by the presbyter from the oil consecrated by the bishop. He says, ‘I anoint you with holy oil in the name of Jesus Christ.’ And thus, drying themselves, the individuals are vested, and afterwards are brought in the church. - Hippolytus
  • Be     sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.
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