Description: When did the tradition of confirmation begin? From the time of the first Pentecost, in order to fulfill Christ's will, the apostles administered the laying on of hands to the newly baptized. This imparts the Spirit which completes the grace of baptism. The imposition of hands is recognized as the origin of confirmation. Very early in the Church, anointing with oil called chrism was added to the laying on of hands. In the Eastern Church, it is called Chrismation. The name Christian means anointed, calling to mind Jesus whom the Father anointed with the Holy Spirit at his baptism in the Jordan. This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the order of Malta's Minute with the Catechism.