Confirmation Class

For many Anglicans, the journey of faith includes confirmation. While it is no longer considered to be a necessary progression for baptized Anglicans, many still consider it to be an opportunity to accept the gifts of the Holy Spirit conferred at baptism. Traditionally, children at age twelve and older are prepared for confirmation through several months of instruction in Anglican doctrine. Occasionally, adults who have not already been confirmed, or those seeking to reaffirm their vows, may choose to attend confirmation classes. Throughout this process, careful consideration is given as to how one’s gifts may be used in the Christian life. Once this is completed and the responsibilities of life in the Anglican communion are accepted, the confirmand is ready to receive the sacrament of confirmation. It is the bishop who presides at this service, and laying his hands on the confirmand, prays with these words: “Strengthen, O Lord, your servant (name) with your Holy Spirit; empower him/her for your service; sustain him/her all the days of his/her life. Amen.”