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The Sacrament of Confirmation Test

 From the NCCB/USCC Office of the Catechism.


1.      Give chapter and verse, or the quote, for a biblical reference for what became known as the Sacrament of Confirmation.


2.      Which of the following is false about Confirmation?


Pick any combination of the following:


a.       It perfects Baptismal grace.

b.      It gives us the Holy Spirit.

c.       It helps us bear witness to the faith in words and deeds.

d.      It is the second plank of salvation.

e.       Anyone can administer Confirmation to another in grave necessity.


3.      True or False: Since Confirmation gives the Holy Spirit to strengthen the believer in his witness to the world, the denial of one's faith requires a re-Confirmation to restore the Spirit of Witness.


4.      True or False: The administration of Confirmation directly following infant Baptism, and immediately followed by the Eucharist, is illicit in the Catholic Church.


5.      Why, in the Latin Church, does Confirmation not immediately follow Baptism?

Pick any combination of the following:


a.       The Latin Church no longer considers Confirmation a sacrament of initiation.

b.      A desire for the confirmand to make his own free will choice.

c.       In order to emphasize the importance of baptismal entry into the faith of the Church.

d.      The Church wants the bishop to confirm, in order to signify the strengthening of the bond to the Church and its apostolic origins.

e.       The Church wants to administer this sacrament after the age of reason.


6.      The one to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation must:

Pick any combination of the following:


1.      be confirmed only by the local Ordinary.

2.      be in the state of grace.

3.      have the intention of receiving the sacrament.

4.      have received the sacrament of Reconciliation prior to confirmation.

5.      be prepared to assume the role of disciple and witness to Christ.


7.                  Which of the following are the essential elements of the Roman Rite of Confirmation?
Pick any combination of the following:


a.       The words: "Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit."

b.      The laying on of the minister's hand.

c.       A symbolic slap on the cheek.

d.      The anointing of the forehead with sacred chrism.

e.       The reception of Holy Communion.


8.      True or False. Because Baptism and Confirmation are not celebrated at the same time, the connection of Baptism to Confirmation is expressed by the renewal of baptismal vows.


9.      Which of the following real or symbolic uses of oil parallel the symbolism of anointing in the rite of Confirmation?


Pick any combination of the following:


a. It is a sign of abundance and joy.

b. It cleanses.

c. It limbers the limbs of athletes and wrestlers.

d. It heals, since it is soothing to bruises and wounds.

e. It signifies beauty, health, and strength.


10.  In Confirmation we are "sealed" with the Gift of the Holy Spirit. What is the symbolism of the seal?

Choose any combination of the following:


  1. A symbol of a person.

  2. A sign of maturity.

  3. A sign of personal authority.

  4. A sign of ownership of an object.

  5. An authentication of a juridical act.


Answers to Test





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