The Rite of Confirmation is an opportunity to receive a gift from God.
The Father desires to see his children visibly and joyfully united under the lordship of the Risen Christ, filled with the Holy Spirit and sent forth to be a blessing to the world. From ancient times, the Church has given an opportunity to express this unity by the Rite of Confirmation, where candidates express a shared faith in the presence of the Bishop such that he might welcome and affirm their faith, assuring them that they are full members of the worldwide Church by this same shared confession.
In this service, the Bishop lays hands on the Candidate, praying that they may be filled with the Holy Spirit and equipped for the life of a Disciple within God's Church. This is a great gift from God, an opportunity to stand up and acknowledge the Gospel for ourselves, and to be commissioned for a life of loving service in the world in the power of the Holy Spirit.
In order to prepare for this important moment in the life of faith, we will study:
- The Ten Commandments, Apostle's Creed and Lord's Prayer.
- The Daily Office and other forms of Anglican Lay worship and prayer.
- The expectations of the laity according to the Canons of the Anglican Church in North America.
- Some of the ways we can all participate in God's work in the world through Redeemer and in our local community.
Anglicanism requires a public and personal profession of the Faith from every adult believer in Jesus Christ. Confirmation by a bishop is its liturgical expression. Confirmation is evident in Scripture: the Apostles prayed for, and laid their hands on those who had already been baptized (2 Timothy 1:6-7; Acts 8:14-17; 19:6).
In Confirmation, God, through the bishop’s prayer for daily increase in the Holy Spirit, strengthens the believer for Christian life in the service of Christ and his kingdom. Grace is God’s gift, and we pray that he will pour out his Holy Spirit on those who have already been made his children by adoption and grace in Baptism.
At the direction of the Bishop, and after public reaffirmation of their baptismal promises, those having made adult professions of faith in other Christian traditions (including those confirmed in other traditions) are received into the Anglican Church with prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop.
Confirmed believers who are already members of this Church (including those received from other traditions as above, those returning to active Christian discipleship after lapse, and those experiencing a renewal of Christian commitment or significant life transition) may also reaffirm the pledges made to Christ and his Church with prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop.