Confirmation

Defend, O Lord, your servant with your heavenly grace, that he continue yours forever, and daily increase in your Holy Spirit more and more, until he comes to your everlasting kingdom. Amen.

The Sacrament of Confirmation is defined as a “mature public affirmation” of faith. (Book of Common Prayer, p.412.)

For those baptized as infants or young children, it serves to confirm the vows that were made at the baptism. For adults growing in their faith journey, Confirmation recognizes a maturing faith. It is commitment to live more fully into the Baptismal Covenant that all Episcopalians share, and a seeking of God’s blessing and help in doing so.

Those desiring to be confirmed must be baptized, at least 12 years of age and have completed a course of instruction (one semes-ter of Journey to Adulthood and the annual confirmation class series conducted shortly before a bishop’s scheduled visitation). Confirmation is performed by a Bishop with the laying on of hands. The early disciples were commissioned in this way, and bishop’s are their spiritual descendants in the church.

Check the Bishop’s Visitation Calendar

The Bishop’s visit is also the time at which those who have made a mature public affirmation of faith in other denominations (Confirmation in any church with bishop’s in the apostolic succession—such as Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran or Moravian churches) may be received into the Episcopal Church.

See How to Become a Member of St. Mark’s

 

 

In addition to classroom preparation, confirmands are usually involved in some creative and thought-provoking project. One year, they made a video about how places and objects in the church represented characteristics of God.

 

 

The Baptismal Covenant

Celebrant: Do you believe in God the Father?
People: I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth?

Celebrant: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the son of God?
People: I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Celebrant: Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
People: I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the fogiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

Celebrant: Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of the bread, and in the prayers?
People: I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant: Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
People
: I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant: Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?
People: I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant: Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?
People: I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant: Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
People: I will, with God’s help.