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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 64 pages of information about Baltimore Catechism No. 2 (of 4).

170.  Q. What does the bishop say in anointing the person he confirms?  A. In anointing the person he confirms the bishop says:  I sign thee with the sign of the cross, and I confirm thee with the chrism of salvation, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

171.  Q. What is meant by anointing the forehead with chrism in the form of a cross?  A. By anointing the forehead with chrism in the form of a cross is meant, that the Christian who is confirmed must openly profess and practice his faith, never be ashamed of it, and rather die than deny it.

172.  Q. Why does the bishop give the person he confirms a slight blow on the cheek?  A. The bishop gives the person he confirms a slight blow on the cheek, to put him in mind that he must be ready to suffer everything, even death, for the sake of Christ.

173.  Q. To receive Confirmation worthily is it necessary to be in the state of grace?  A. To receive Confirmation worthily it is necessary to be in the state of grace.

174.  Q. What special preparation should be made to receive Confirmation?  A. Persons of an age to learn should know the chief mysteries of faith and the duties of a Christian, and be instructed in the nature and effects of this Sacrament.

175.  Q. Is it a sin to neglect Confirmation?  A. It is a sin to neglect Confirmation, especially in these evil days when faith and morals are exposed to so many and such violent temptations.

LESSON SIXTEENTH ON THE GIFTS AND FRUITS OF THE HOLY GHOST

176.  Q. Which are the effects of Confirmation?  A. The effects of Confirmation are an increase of sanctifying grace, the strengthening of our faith, and the gifts of the Holy Ghost.

177.  Q. Which are the gifts of the Holy Ghost?  A. The gifts of the Holy Ghost are Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety and Fear of the Lord.

178.  Q. Why do we receive the gift of Fear of the Lord?  A. We receive the gift of Fear of the Lord to fill us with a dread of sin.

179.  Q. Why do we receive the gift of Piety?  A. We receive the gift of Piety to make us love God as a Father and obey Him because we love Him.

180.  Q. Why do we receive the gift of Knowledge?  A. We receive the gift of Knowledge to enable us to discover the will of God in all things.

181.  Q. Why do we receive the gift of Fortitude?  A. We receive the gift of Fortitude to strengthen us to do the will of God in all things.

182.  Q. Why do we receive the gift of Counsel?  A. We receive the gift of Counsel to warn us of the deceits of the devil, and of the dangers to salvation.

183.  Q. Why do we receive the gift of Understanding?  A. We receive the gift of Understanding to enable us to know more clearly the mysteries of faith.

184.  Q. Why do we receive the gift of Wisdom?  A. We receive the gift of Wisdom to give us a relish for the things of God, and to direct our whole life and all our actions to His honor and glory.

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