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given in full power to Christ for his visible mission to the world. The confirmed is hereby established in power, brought to the full perfection of Christ through the Spirit. Thus Christ continues the pentecostal sending of his Spirit in the life of the individual Christian, and in the only way that human beings could perceive and understand that they were receiving the fnllness of the Spirit: through a visible sacramental rite which signifies this sending. The main point of this article, however, should be clear. Confirmation is the sacrament in which, above all, the Christian receives the gift of the Spirit. Once this is established, it is easy to see how many of the other eflecta attributed to confirmation, far from being denied, are rather rooted in the Spirit as their ultimate source and principle.