What is the sacrament of confirmation?
Along with Baptism and Eucharist, the sacrament of Confirmation constitutes the so-called sacraments of Christian initiation.
Through this sacrament the believers are linked more perfectly to the Church, they are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit, and so, they are obliged with a firmer commitment to spread and defend the faith with words and works as true disciples of Christ.
Who can be confirmed and at what age?
Any baptised that has not received it yet and has prepared duly can receive the Confirmation.
Usually, this sacrament is received around the age of fifteen, at a time where one has certain maturity to achieve a new and definitive commitment with faith, thus culminating their process of Christian initiation. However, if one has not received it at that age, one can receive it at any point if it is then that they wish.
What do I need to receive the sacrament of Confirmation?
A minor, with the authorisation of their parents o tutors, has to request to start the process to receive the sacrament of the Confirmation filling out the form that has to be asked at the Pastoral Office. In the case of an adult, they can do the petition themselves.
It will be needed, in both cases, the Baptism certificate (dated at a maximum of six months at the moment of starting the process) and attend the proper catechetical formation.
Who can be the Confirmation godparent?
The one who must be confirmed chooses their Confirmation godparent, who must be at least sixteen years old, be Catholic and have also received the sacrament of the Eucharist. This person must lead a life congruent with the faith and the mission that is assumed when one becomes a godparent of the person that will be confirmed.
For this sacrament only one godparent is expected, whether it is a man or a woman, for each of the people receiving the sacrament.