Confirmation is a Sacrament of Initiation; the others are Baptism and Eucharist. In this sacrament we are anointed with oil in a “laying on of hands,” and imprinted with a spiritual seal. The sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace, and therefore cannot be separated from Baptism.
As a Sacrament of Initiation, Confirmation binds us more completely to the church, enriching us with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. While Baptism brings new life, Confirmation strengthens the initial commitment made and confers and seals the fullness of the Holy Spirit. This enables us to better serve God, the Christian community and all people.
At Confirmation, the gifts of the Holy Spirit conferred at Baptism are strengthened and sealed. These gifts are: wisdom, understanding, knowledge, right judgment, courage, reverence, and wonder and awe in God’s presence.