On March 6 1997, I was confirmed alongside sons Greg and Nick. Tomorrow marks the anniversary of our Confirmation.
According to the Council of Trent, the Sacrament of Confirmation makes us perfect Christians …Confirmation makes the Christian a soldier and marks him with a new character…
It is evident from its celebration that the effect of the sacrament of Confirmation is the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost.
Catechism of the Catholic Church
May the Holy Spirit come down upon you, and the power of the Most High keep you from all sin. Amen.
Spiritus Sanctus superveniat in vos, et virtus Altissimi custodiat vos a peccatis. Amen.
Almighty, everlasting God, who hast vouchsafed to regenerate these Thy servants by water and the Holy Ghost, and hast given them remission of all their sin; send forth upon them from heaven Thy sevenfold Holy Spirit, the Paraclete. Amen.
Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, qui regenerare dignatus es hos famulos tuos ex aqua et Spiritu Sancto, quique dedisti eis remissionem omnium peccatorum: emitte in eos septiformem Spiritum tuum sanctum Paraclitum de caelis. Amen.