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Confirmation

Confirmation

13.03.2018
Tags: Religion, Christianity

"The Spirit of the Lord God is on Me, for the Lord has anointed Me ..." (Is. 61, 1)

Educated by Baptism is to be anointed with the anointing of heaven and become partakers of the Kingdom of God. 48 rule of the Laodicean Cathedral (113, 505).

Coming out of the font, we are anointed with blessed oil; the oil spills out visibly, but produces a spiritual effect, as in Baptism. Tertullian (113, 503).

Through the anointing of the Holy World, the gifts of the Holy Spirit that he receives to strengthen his Christian faith are imprinted and affirmed on the baptized (113, 506).

The Holy Spirit sanctifies our whole being: through the anointing of the brow sanctifies our mind and thoughts, so that we think about "what is only true, what is fair, what is fair, what is pure, what is polite, what is glorious, what is only virtue and praise" (Phil. 4, 8). Through the anointing of the breast, it sanctifies our feelings and desires so that we love not the world and that which is in the world, but God and God. Through the anointing of the senses sanctifies all our senses, word and language, so that we perceive, feel only the good. Through the anointing of the hands and feet, he sanctifies all deeds, all the behavior of man - in a word, through the anointing all the gifts of the Holy Spirit are poured on a person: "The spirit of wisdom and reason, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of guidance and piety" (Isaiah 11, 2) and the spirit of the fear of God, of which three refer primarily to the enlightenment of the mind, and the latter to the instruction and affirmation of the will in good. Orthodox confession (113, 507).

What has been done by the [apostles] John and Peter over the Samaritans, it is still being done for us: those who have received baptism are introduced to the heads of the church and by our prayers and laying on of hands receive the Holy Spirit and are sealed to the Lord (113, 503).

The baptized one must still be anointed, so that by accepting hrismu (the Greek "anointing"), he could be anointed of God and have the grace of Christ in himself (113, 505).

Baptism and Chrismation are two separate acts of Baptism, although they are united by the closest inner connection so that they form one whole, inseparable in relation to their fulfillment. St. Ciprian of Carthage (113, 510).

If you protect yourself with a seal, you will secure your future in the best and most effective way, marking the soul and body with the Confirmation and Spirit, like ancient Israel by night and guarding the blood of the first-borns and anointing (Ex. 12, 13), then what can happen to you? St. Gregory the Theologian (113, 505).

In Christ, having been baptized and clothed in Christ (Gal. 3, 27), you "became like the image" of the Son of God (Rom., 8, 29), because God, who ordained "to adopt us to Himself" (Eph. 1, 5) conformable to the body of the glory of Christ (Phil. 3, 21). Therefore, by becoming partakers of Christ (Hebrew 3, 14), you are rightly called anointed and God said about you: "Do not touch my anointed ones" (Psalm 104, 15). You became anointed with the anointing of the Holy Spirit. And everything is done over you in an image, because you are the image of Christ. As Christ, having bathed in the Jordan and informed the waters of the fragrance of the Divinity, came out of the waters, and there was an essential influx of the Holy Spirit upon Him, because such a rest rests on such, and to you, which have come from the font of the sacred waters, is anointment, than anointed Christ. And this is the Holy Spirit, of which the blessed Isaiah said in a prophecy from the Lord's face: "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, for the Lord has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor" (Isaiah 61, 1).

For Christ was anointed not by man and not by oil or the world, but the Father anointed him with the Holy Spirit, predestining him to be the Savior of the whole world, as Peter says: "God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power" (Acts 10, 38). And the prophet David said: "Thy throne, God, for ever; rod. righteousness is the rod of Thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God anointed thee, O God, with the oil of gladness above thy fellows "(Psalm 44, 7-8). And how Christ was really crucified and buried, and rose again, and you were honored in Christening as being crucified and buried with Him and resurrected, so you need to understand about Confirmation. He is anointed with the spiritual oil of joy, that is, by the Holy Spirit, which is called the oil of joy, because He is the source of spiritual joy, and you, being partakers of Christ and becoming His partakers, are anointed with the world.

But look, do not think that this is a simple world. As the bread of the Eucharist, by the calling of the Holy Spirit, is no longer a simple Bread, but the Body of Christ, and this holy God, by calling, not just ordinary, not ordinary, but the gift of Christ and the Holy Spirit, which became effective from the presence of His God. To them, a man and other instruments of feeling are anointed to commemorate. And when the body is anointed with the visible world, the soul is sanctified by the Holy and Life-giving Spirit.

First you have anointed with your forehead, so that you can be free from the shame that the first man who transgressed the law carried with him everywhere and that he "looks openly to you to the glory of the Lord" (2 Corporation 3, 18). Then the ears are anointed so that they can receive the Divine mysteries, as Isaiah said: "The Lord ... awakens My ear that I will listen" (Isaiah 50 4), and the Lord Jesus said in the Gospel: "He who has ears to hear, let him hear! "(Matthew 11, 15). Then you have anointed the nostrils, so that by assuming the divine miracle you could say: "We are the Christ fragrant to God in the saved" (2 Corporation 2, 15). After that, the breast is smeared to "put on the armor of righteousness", "you could be against the wiles of the devil" (Eph. 6, 14, 11). For as Christ after the Baptism and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit overcame the devil, so you, after the holy Baptism and the mysterious Anointing, put on the whole armor of the Holy Spirit, resist the power of the enemy and overcome it, saying: "I can do everything in Christ who strengthens me" (Phil. 4, 14).

By the means of this holy Confirmation, you are called Christians, justifying this name by rebirth. For before you were honored with this grace, you were not truly worthy of this name, but only came close to becoming Christians.

It is necessary to know that in the Old Testament there is an omen of this Confirmation. Moses, having informed his brother God's command and supplying him with the high priest, washed him with water and poured "anointing oil" on him (Lev 8, 6-12). It was from this transformational anointing that the high priest was called the anointed. Thus, when Solomon was promoted to the kingdom, the high priest anointed him, first washing him in Gion (3 Kings, 1, 38, 39). But over them it was done in a transformative way, and it is not done in a transformative way over you, but in reality itself, because you are really anointed with the Holy Spirit. The beginning of your salvation is Christ, because He really is the firstfruits, and you are an admission. But if the firstfruits are holy, then holiness will come to the whole (Rome 11, 16).

Keep this anointing undefiled, for if it abides in you, it will teach everything, as blessed John says, who talks a lot about this anointing. It is holy and is the spiritual preservation of the body and the salvation of the soul. Prophesying about him, from ancient times, the blessed one Isaiah said: "And the Lord of hosts in this mountain for all nations will eat ... a meal of pure wines" (Isaiah 25, 6), and the peoples drink wine, drink joy, and be anointed with peace. By mountain here and elsewhere he calls the Church, as, for example, when he says that the mountain of the Lord will be revealed in the last days (Isaiah 2, 2). And listen, that for your identification he says about this world, as about the mysterious: "And he will destroy on this mountain the veil covering all the nations" (Isaiah 25, 7). Therefore, anointed with this holy world, keep it uncorrupted and undefiled in yourself, prospering in good deeds and benefiting the Head of your salvation Jesus Christ. St. Cyril of Jerusalem. Creations. The secret word. Sergiev Posad, 1893, p. 289-292.

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