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CHAPTER III

II. RITE FOR CONFIRMATION

When Administered by a Priest by Apostolic Indult to a Sick Person in Danger of Death

{If time allows and the priest wishes to explain some of the ceremonies, he may consult the introduction as well as the commentary in Chapter II.}

1. When a priest administers the sacrament of confirmation to a sick person in danger of death (see above), he wears at least a white stole if a surplice is not available. He explains to all present that a bishop alone is the ordinary minister of confirmation and that he himself is to confirm by special delegation of the Holy See. Let him take heed not to administer the sacrament in the presence of heretics or schismatics; much less should the latter act in the capacity of assistants.

2. He directs the sponsor to place his right hand on the right shoulder the recipient, whether child or adult.

3. As he stands facing the one to be confirmed and with his hands pined on his breast, he says:

May the Holy Spirit come upon you, and may the power of the Most High keep you from sin.

All: Amen.

4. Then, as he makes the sign of the cross on himself, he continues:

Priest: Our help is in the name of the Lord. All: Who made heaven and earth. P: Lord, heed my prayer. All: And let my cry be heard by you. P: The Lord be with you. All: May he also be with you.

5. Next he holds his hands outstretched over the recipient, saying:

Let us pray.

Almighty everlasting God, who once gave new life to this servant of yours by water and the Holy Spirit, forgiving him (her) all his (her) sins; send forth on him (her) from heaven your Holy Spirit, the Advocate, along with His sevenfold gifts.

All: Amen.

P: The Spirit of wisdom and understanding.

All: Amen.

P: The Spirit of counsel and fortitude.

All: Amen.

P: The Spirit of knowledge and piety.

All: Amen.

P: Fill him (her) with the Spirit of holy fear, and seal him (her) with the sign of the cross + of Christ, in token of everlasting life. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.

All: Amen.

6. Having asked the name of the recipient, he dips the tip of his thumb in chrism and confirms in the following way: laying his right hand on the head of the person he marks with his thumb the sign of the cross on the person's forehead, while saying the first part of the form up to the word "cross" inclusive, and goes on with the rest of the form, making a threefold sign of the cross over him (her) at the places indicated:

N., I seal you with the sign of the + cross; and I confirm you with the chrism that sanctifies; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

Then he strikes the confirmed lightly on the cheek, saying:

Peace be with you.

7. After the anointing with chrism the priest wipes the spot carefully with cotton; then he cleanses his fingers with bread and washes them over a bowl. He deposits the water, bread, and cotton in a clean receptacle. Later he will take it with him to church, and after burning the cotton, pours the ashes and the whole residue into the sacrarium.

8. Having washed his fingers the priest says the following antiphon:

Confirm, O God, the work you have begun in us from your heavenly sanctuary, the new Jerusalem. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

All: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

And the antiphon "Confirm, O God, etc.," is repeated.

9. After this the priest stands facing the sick person, with his hands joined on his breast, and says:

P: Lord, show us your mercy.

All: And grant us your salvation.

P: Lord, heed my prayer.

All: And let my cry be heard by you.

P: The Lord be with you.

All: May He also be with you.

Keeping his hands joined he continues:

Let us pray.

God, who gave to your apostles the Holy Spirit, ordaining that they and their successors should hand down that Gift to the rest of the faithful; look with favor on my lowly service, and grant that the same Holy Spirit may come on this person whose brow I have anointed with holy chrism and sealed with the sign of the holy cross. May He consecrate his (her) heart as a worthy dwelling for His glory. We ask this through you, who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.

All: Amen.

10. Then he adds:

See, thus shall everyone be blessed who lives in the fear of the Lord.

Turning to the newly confirmed he blesses him (her) with the sign of the cross:

The Lord bless + you from Sion on high, that you may see the glory of Jerusalem all your days and be rewarded with everlasting life.

All: Amen.
ENDNOTES

1. By a special indult for the U. S., the main chaplain of a maternity hospital or children's home may confirm infants in danger of death.

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