Catechism of the Catholic Church

326 Part Two completion of baptismal grace. 89 For “by the sacrament of Confir- mation, [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.” 90 I. C onfirmation in the E conomy of S alvation 1286 In the Old Testament the prophets announced that the Spirit of the Lord would rest on the hoped-for Messiah for his saving mission. 91 The descent of the Holy Spirit on Jesus at his baptism by John was the sign that this was he who was to come, the Messiah, the Son of God. 92 He was conceived of the Holy Spirit; his whole life and his whole mission are carried out in total com- munion with the Holy Spirit whom the Father gives him “without measure.” 93 1287 This fullness of the Spirit was not to remain uniquely the Messiah’s, but was to be communicated to the whole messianic people. 94 On several occasions Christ promised this outpouring of the Spirit, 95 a promise which he fulfilled first on Easter Sunday and then more strikingly at Pentecost. 96 Filled with the Holy Spirit the apostles began to proclaim “the mighty works of God,” and Peter declared this outpouring of the Spirit to be the sign of the messianic age. 97 Those who believed in the apostolic preaching and were baptized received the gift of the Holy Spirit in their turn. 98 1288 “From that time on the apostles, in fulfillment of Christ’s will, imparted to the newly baptized by the laying on of hands the gift of the Spirit that completes the grace of Baptism. For this reason in the Letter to the Hebrews the doctrine concerning Baptism and the laying on of hands is listed among the first elements of Christian instruction. The imposition of hands is rightly recognized by the Catholic tradition as the origin of the sacrament of Confirmation, which in a certain way perpetuates the grace of Pentecost in the Church.” 99 89 Cf. Roman Ritual, Rite of Confirmation ( OC ), Introduction 1. 90 LG 11; cf. OC, Introduction 2. 91 Cf. Isa 11:2; 61:1; Lk 4:16-22. 92 Cf. Mt 3:13-17; Jn 1:33-34. 93 Jn 3:34. 94 Cf. Ezek 36:25-27; Joel 3:1-2. 95 Cf. Lk 12:12; Jn 3:5-8; 7:37-39; 16:7-15; Acts 1:8. 96 Cf. Jn 20:22; Acts 2:1-4. 97 Acts 2:11; cf. 2:17-18. 98 Cf. Acts 2:38. 99 Paul VI, Divinae consortium naturae, 659; cf. Acts 8:15-17; 19:5-6; Heb 6:2. 702-716 739 699