Latin: confirmare, to make fast

A sacrament of the New Law, in which, through the prayer and the anointing of the forehead with chrism by the minister, the Holy Ghost is communicated to a baptized person, to make him a strong and perfect Christian and a soldier of Jesus Christ. The ordinary minister of this sacrament is a bishop; since it imprints a character on the soul, it cannot be repeated. On the part of the recipient, there is required a state of grace, and a ready knowledge of Christian faith and doctrine. See also