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Part Two

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Candidates for Confirmation, as for Baptism, fittingly seek

the spiritual help of a

sponsor.

To emphasize the unity of the two

sacraments, it is appropriate that this be one of the baptismal

godparents.

129

V.

T

he

M

inister of

C

onfirmation

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The

original minister

of Confirmation is the bishop.

130

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

Confirmation.

131

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In the Latin Rite,

the ordinary minister of Confirmation is

the bishop.

132

If the need arises, the bishop may grant the faculty

of administering Confirmation

133

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.

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If a Christian is in danger of death, any priest can give him

Confirmation.

134

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.

IN BRIEF

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“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

129 Cf.

OC

Introduction 5; 6; CIC, can. 893 §§ 1- 2.

130 Cf.

LG

26.

131 Cf. CIC, can. 883 § 2.

132 Cf. CIC, can. 882.

133 Cf. CIC, can. 884 § 2.

134 Cf. CIC, can. 883 § 3.

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