The Sacrament of Confirmation held for 22 children at Milagres Cathedral
Udupi : The Sacrament of Confirmation held at Milagres Cathedral, Kallianpur by Most Rev Dr. Gerald Isaac Lobo, Bishop of the Udupi Diocese near here on 2nd March,2014. The Sacrament of Confirmation also known as Chrismation is one of the seven Sacraments instituted by Christ for the conferral of sanctifying Grace and the strengthening of the union between individual souls and God.
Confirmation is a true sacrament instituted by Christ and different from baptism. It is administered by laying-on of hands and anointing with chrism accompanied by prayer. The chrism is blessed by the bishop and the bishop administers the sacrament. All baptized persons can and should be confirmed. The effect of the sacrament of confirmation is to give strength in faith and for the confession of faith and to impress an indelible character.
During the occasion Very Rev Fr. Stany B. Lobo Parish Priest and Rector of the Cathedral, Rev Fr. Mahesh D’Souza Asst. Parish Priest, Rev Fr. Ferdinand Gonsalves Principal of Milagres PU College and Rev Fr. Denis Lobo were present along with the Bishop and witnessed the Sacrament of Confirmation for 22 children.
The sacrament of confirmation completes the sacrament of baptism. If baptism is the sacrament of re-birth to a new and supernatural life, confir- mation is the sacrament of maturity and coming of age. The real confession of Christ consist in this ’that the whole man submits himself to Truth, in the judgment of his understanding, in the submission of his will and in the consecration of his whole power of love . . . To do this, poor-spirited man is only able when he has been confirmed by God’s grace’
This confirmation in the power of the Holy Spirit leading to a firm profession of faith has always been the particular effect which Catholic tradition has ascribed to the sacrament. It is effect which complements and completes that of baptism.
Holy Eucharistic celebration held which concelebrated by the Bishop and meanwhile during his homily he pointed out the necessary of the Sacrament for us being Roman Catholic under the Pope.
Meanwhile prizes were distributed to toppers of Catechism students by the Bishop Gerald Isaac Lobo at the end of the Eucharistic celebrations.
News published on: 2014-03-04