Confirmation is one of the seven sacraments. It is the sacrament in which the Holy Ghost is given to those already baptized in order to make them strong and perfect Christians and soldiers of Jesus Christ.
Bishop Bernard Tissier de Mallerais will visit Canada from October 30th to November 10th in order to administer the sacrament of confirmation in the chapels and schools of the Society of St. Pius X in Lévis, Moncton, Wilmot, Winnipeg and Langley.
Following the confirmation ceremony and mass he will give a conference on Archbishop Lefebvre and the founding of the SSPX.
|Lévis, QC||Friday||November, 1st|
|Moncton, NB||Sunday||November, 3rd|
|Wilmot, ON||Tuesday||November, 5th|
|Winnipeg, MB||Friday||November, 8th|
Except in cases of grave necessity, this sacrament should be administered by a bishop. At the beginning of the ceremony the presiding bishop implores the Holy Ghost to come down upon those who have already been regenerated in the waters of baptism: "Send forth upon them thy sevenfold Spirit the Holy Paraclete." He then anoints the forehead of each candidate with chrism saying: "I sign you with the sign of the cross and confirm you with the chrism of salvation, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost." Next, he gives each newly confirmed soul a slight blow on the cheek, preparing them for the Christian warfare, and says: "Peace be with you". A final prayer is added, one imploring the Holy Spirit to dwell in the hearts of those who have just been confirmed, and the rite closes with the bishop's blessing.
Confirmation can be conferred only on those who have already been baptized and have not yet been confirmed. They should be in the state of grace, for in this sacrament the Holy Ghost is not given in order to cleanse from sin but to confer fortifying graces.
The Church insists, under pain of mortal sin, that some sponsor support each Christian being confirmed. The sponsor should be at least fourteen years of age, of the same sex as the candidate, and should have already received the Sacrament of Confirmation, being already well instructed in the Catholic Faith.