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    • As the water bath of baptism and the anointing of Confirmation became separated, an understanding of Confirmation developed in the fifth century that focused on strengthening Christians for their battle with the devil. Over the years the bishop's caress on the cheek- a sign of peace was given more quickly. By the Middle Ages, it looked like a slap and represented the suffering we must endure for Christ.
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    • Did You Know? Sacred Chrism Chrism is special oil used as a visible sign during the Confirmation ritual. Chrism is made of olive oil mixed with fragrant balsam. The oil is a symbol of strength, and the perfume is a symbol of the "fragrance of Christ," which Christians must spread.
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