Confirmations in Canada

November 10, 2013
Lévis, Moncton, Wilmot, Winnipeg, Langley

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
Langley, BC Sunday November,10th


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.

Minister, matter and form

  1. The bishop alone is the ordinary minister of confirmation.
  2. There has been much discussion among theologians as to what constitutes the essential matter of this sacrament, but the general consensus seems to be that the anointing with chrism and the imposition of hands together constitute the matter. The imposition, however, is not that with which the rite begins but the individual laying on of hands which takes place during the act of anointing.
  3. The form of the sacrament, i.e. the words and prayers necessary for valid confirmation, has been described in detail above.


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.


Confirmation imparts

  • an increase of sanctifying grace which makes the recipient a "perfect Christian."
  • a special sacramental grace consisting in the seven gifts of the Holy Ghost, most notably the strength and courage to confess Christ boldly.
  • an indelible character which prevents the same person from receiving this sacrament twice (as is the case with baptism and holy orders).
  • spiritual relationship between the recipient and the sponsor, one which constitutes an impediment to marriage.


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.