What elements are required for the sacrament of confirmation to be valid?
Last month I witnessed a group of children being confirmed by our parish priest. They were anointed with chrism while the words “be sealed in the Holy Spirit” were said, but they did not receive the laying on of hands. Perhaps the priest was trying to save time.
In my opinion, the laying of of hands must be necessary for this sacrament to be valid, since holy scripture clearly shows that this procedure was followed by the apostles.