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„are those events in which one comes


to be one of Christ's Faithful,
according to the Catechism of the
Catholic Church.
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M dhe sacraments of initiation²Baptism, Confirmation,
and Holy Communion²are the three primary
sacraments, on which the rest of our life as a Christian
depends. Originally tied very closely together, the three
sacraments are now, in the Western Church, celebrated
at different milestones in our spiritual lives.
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 draditionally,the Sacrament
of Confirmation is the second
of the sacraments of
initiation, and the Eastern
Church continues to confirm
infants immediately after
Baptism.
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 Even in the West, where Confirmation


is routinely delayed until a person's
teen years, several years after his First
Communion, the Church has stressed
the original order of the sacraments .
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 Confirmation is regarded as the perfection of
Baptism, because, as the introduction to the
Rite of Confirmation states:by the sacrament
of Confirmation, the baptized are more
perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched
with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.
Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ,
more strictly obliged to spread and defend the
faith by word and deed.
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 dheSacrament of Confirmation confers
special graces of the Holy Spirit upon the
person being confirmed, just as such graces
were granted to the Apostles on Pentecost.
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 ¦ikeBaptism, therefore, it can only be


performed once, and Confirmation
increases and deepens all of the graces
granted at Baptism.
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 Because Confirmation perfects our baptism,
we are obliged to receive it "in due time."
Any Catholic who did not receive
Confirmation at baptism or as part of his
religious education during grade school or
high school should contact a priest and
arrange to receive the Sacrament of
Confirmation.
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Ôdhe final sacrament of


initiation is the Sacrament of
Holy Communion, and it is
the only one of the three that
we can and should receive
repeatedly²even daily, if
possible.
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ÔEven though we are required to receive


Communion at least once per year, and
the Church urges us to receive
Communion frequently, it is called a
sacrament of initiation because, like
Baptism and Confirmation, it brings us
into the fullness of our life in Christ.
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ÔYn Holy Communion, we consume


the Body and Blood of Christ,
which unites us more closely to
Him and helps us to grow in grace
by living a more Christian life.
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ÔReceiving Holy Communion


worthily brings us graces that
affect us both spiritually and
physically.
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ÔSpiritually, our souls become


more united to Christ, both
through the graces we receive
and through the change in our
actions that those graces effect.
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ÔPhysically, frequent
Communion relieves us of our
passions.