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Lesson 5


Confirmation is often misunderstood as a kind of 鈥済raduation鈥 or public acceptance of the Faith. In fact, the Sacrament of Confirmation is an important step on the path of Christian initiation that completes, or confirms, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit received at Baptism and sends the person out to proclaim boldly the Good News.

Lesson Vocabulary
  • Anoint
    (v.): To rub or mark with oil.
  • Apostle
    (n.): A term meaning 鈥渙ne who is sent,鈥 as Jesus was sent by His Father, and as He sent His chosen disciples to preach the Gospel to the whole world. He called twelve to become His Apostles, chosen witnesses of His Resurrection and the foundation on which the Church is built.
  • Confirmation
    (n.): The Sacrament in which the gift of the Holy Spirit received at Baptism is confirmed, strengthened, and perfected for living the Christian life and spreading the faith to others.
  • Holy Spirit
    The third Person of the Holy Trinity. He proceeds from the Father and the Son and is worshipped and glorified as fully God. The Holy Spirit fills us with His gifts and guides us to holiness in the Church. (261, 267, 747)
  • Pentecost
    (n.): The day when Jesus sent the Holy Spirit upon Mary and the Apostles and the Church was born. Fifty days after Jesus鈥 Resurrection (10 days after His Ascension into Heaven), Mary and the Apostles gathered in the Upper Room and were filled with the Holy Spirit, who came in a rush of wind and appeared as tongues of fire over their heads.
  • Gifts of the Holy Spirit
    (n.): Seven gifts of grace given to us by God at our Baptism and again in Confirmation that help us respond to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in our lives. They are wisdom, knowledge, understanding, counsel, fortitude, piety, and fear of the Lord.
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