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The Celebration of the Christian Mystery

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The liturgy of Antioch expresses the epiclesis for the consecra-

tion of the sacred chrism (myron) in this way: “[Father . . . send

your Holy Spirit] on us and on this oil which is before us and

consecrate it, so that it may be for all who are anointed and

marked with it holy myron, priestly myron, royal myron,

anointing with gladness, clothing with light, a cloak of salva-

tion, a spiritual gift, the sanctification of souls and bodies,

imperishable happiness, the indelible seal, a buckler of faith,

and a fearsome helmet against all the works of the adversary.”

1298

When Confirmation is celebrated separately from Baptism, as is

the case in the Roman Rite, the Liturgy of Confirmation begins with the

renewal of baptismal promises and the profession of faith by the confir-

mands. This clearly shows that Confirmation follows Baptism.

111

When

adults are baptized, they immediately receive Confirmation and partici-

pate in the Eucharist.

112

1299

In the Roman Rite the bishop extends his hands over the

whole group of the confirmands. Since the time of the apostles this

gesture has signified the gift of the Spirit. The bishop invokes the

outpouring of the Spirit in these words:

All-powerful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

by water and the Holy Spirit

you freed your sons and daughters from sin

and gave them new life. Send your Holy Spirit upon them

to be their helper and guide. Give them the spirit of

wisdom and understanding,

the spirit of right judgment and courage,

the spirit of knowledge and reverence.

Fill themwith the spirit of wonder and awe in your presence.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

113

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The

essential rite

of the sacrament follows. In the Latin rite,

“the sacrament of Confirmation is conferred through the anointing

with chrism on the forehead, which is done by the laying on of the

hand, and through the words: ‘

Accipe signaculum doni Spiritus

Sancti’

[Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.].”

114

In the

Eastern Churches of Byzantine rite, after a prayer of epiclesis, the

more significant parts of the body are anointed with myron: fore-

head, eyes, nose, ears, lips, chest, back, hands, and feet. Each

anointing is accompanied by the formula

Σφραγὶς δωρεᾶς Πνεύματος

Ἁγίου

(

Signaculum doni Spiritus Sancti

): “the seal of the gift of the

Holy Spirit.”

115

111 Cf.

SC

71.

112 Cf. CIC, can. 866.

113 OC 25.

114 Paul VI, apostolic constitution,

Divinae consortium naturae,

663.

115

Rituale per le Chiese orientali di rito bizantino in lingua greca,

Pars Prima

(Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1954), 36.

1831

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