The Sacrament of Confirmation


The Sacrament of Confirmation is a rite of Christian initiation in which the candidate renews the Baptismal vows made on his behalf by his parents and godparents or sponsors at his Baptism, and prayers are offered for him to be strengthened by the Holy Spirit for living the Christian way of life. Anyone who understands what he is doing by renewing his Baptismal vows is old enough to be confirmed. In the service of Confirmation, after the candidate has made his vows, the Bishop will lay hands on him and pray for him to be empowered by the Holy Spirit. In Anglican Christianity, the Sacrament of Confirmation grants permanent admission to Holy Communion, thus making the recipient a communicant member of the Church. To receive this Sacrament, one must first have been baptized and one must attend a course of instruction (catechesis) based on the Anglican Catechism. This Catechesis is designed to instruct the candidate in the fundamental Christian doctrines, as Anglican Christianity has received them. The Order of Confirmation is found on pp. 296-299 of The Book of Common Prayer, 1928. Anyone desiring to be confirmed should contact Fr. Chris Parrish.