Candidates for Confirmation, as for Baptism, fittingly seek
the spiritual help of a
To emphasize the unity of the two
sacraments, it is appropriate that this be one of the baptismal
of Confirmation is the bishop.
In the East, ordinarily the priest who baptizes also imme-
diately confers Confirmation in one and the same celebration. But
he does so with sacred chrism consecrated by the patriarch or the
bishop, thus expressing the apostolic unity of the Church whose
bonds are strengthened by the sacrament of Confirmation. In the
Latin Church, the same discipline applies to the Baptism of adults
or to the reception into full communion with the Church of a person
baptized in another Christian community that does not have valid
In the Latin Rite,
the ordinary minister of Confirmation is
If the need arises, the bishop may grant the faculty
of administering Confirmation
to priests, although it is fitting
that he confer it himself, mindful that the celebration of Confirma-
tion has been temporally separated from Baptism for this reason.
Bishops are the successors of the apostles. They have received the
fullness of the sacrament of Holy Orders. The administration of this
sacrament by them demonstrates clearly that its effect is to unite
those who receive it more closely to the Church, to her apostolic
origins, and to her mission of bearing witness to Christ.
If a Christian is in danger of death, any priest can give him
Indeed theChurchdesires that none of her children,
even the youngest, should depart this world without having been
perfected by the Holy Spirit with the gift of Christ’s fullness.
“Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that
Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to
them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for
them that they might receive the Holy Spirit; for it had
Introduction 5; 6; CIC, can. 893 §§ 1- 2.
131 Cf. CIC, can. 883 § 2.
132 Cf. CIC, can. 882.
133 Cf. CIC, can. 884 § 2.
134 Cf. CIC, can. 883 § 3.