In the Catholic Church, Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation together constitute the “Sacraments of Christian initiation...”  The reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. (Rite of Confirmation, Introduction 1).

By this sacrament the confirmed is sealed with the “mark” of the Holy Spirit and more perfectly bound to Christ and enriched with the special strength and gifts of the Holy Spirit in His Church, hence becoming a true witness of Christ and more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by words and actions. (C.C.C. 1285)  These gifts are wisdom, understanding, counsel or right judgment, fortitude or courage, knowledge, piety or love, and fear of the Lord or reverence.

As in Baptism, and Holy Eucharist, the RCIA process prepares the candidates for Confirmation as well.

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