SYMBOLS OF CONFIRMATION:
Like the other Sacraments Confirmation communicates the life of God through signs, symbols and words. The two main signs of Confirmation are the laying on of hands and the anointing with the oil of chrism.
Perfumed oil – called chrism
In earlier times we sealed precious and important things to protect them. To preserve something is to show that we love and care for it.
In confirmation we are sealed in faith and love.
The oil used symbolises soothing, and healing, strength and safe keeping.
This anointing shows that you are special and that you have a special purpose.
Laying on of Hands
The laying on of hands is a powerful yet everyday event. Through touch we welcome, say goodbye, show love, comfort and forgive.
Jesus often laid his hands on others, giving them power and strength. He laid his hands on children and blessed them. Laying on of hands shows someone is precious and loved. In the celebration of most sacraments, there is a laying on of hands through which God makes us God’s own and transforms us by the power of love.
Each time we touch another person - let it be a blessing.