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Confirmation


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CONFIRMATION

Confirmation is the sacramental rite in which the candidates express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop (BCP, p. 860). (In other words, to say for yourself what others may have said for you at baptism). At Trinity we prepare adults through Foundations of Faith offered several times a year and a a series of retreats and study for youth 16 or older. Confirmation is not required for church membership, but it is a significant, public way to affirm your connection to the church. At confirmation the bishop prays that the Lord will “empower you for his service and sustain you all the days of your life.”

RECEPTION

Reception into the Episcopal Church is for baptized persons who have been confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Eastern Orthodox Churches. They are presented to our bishop, who acknowledges their prior status and receives them into the Episcopal Church with these words: “We recognize you as a member of the one holy catholic and apostolic Church, and we receive you into the fellowship of this Communion.”

REAFFIRMATION

Reaffirmation is for Episcopalians who are refreshing or renewing their membership in the church. They are presented to the bishop who prays that “the Holy Spirit, who has begun a good work in you, may direct and uphold you in the service of Christ and his kingdom.”