Malta Minute with the Catechism: Confirmation – East and West Traditions

  • Program #: 107
  • Description: When should you receive the sacrament of Confirmation? In the first centuries, the Catholic Catechism tells us, Baptism and Confirmation were generally conferred together in what some referred to as a "double sacrament". Confirmation is ordinarily conferred by the Bishop in his role as apostolic successor. As time went on and the number of rural parishes grew and infant baptisms multiplied, it became difficult for Bishops to officiate. In the West, the desire to have the Bishop administer Confirmation, which perfects Baptismal grace, caused the temporal separation of the two sacraments. The Eastern tradition, however, has kept Baptism and Confirmation united, so that the priest administers both; confirmation always being done with the "myron" or holy oil consecrated by the Bishop. This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta's Minute with the Catechism.

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