What is Confirmation?

Becoming a follower of Jesus Christ requires a public and personal profession of the Faith from every believer. Confirmation by a bishop is its liturgical expression, and at Holy Cross anyone who is at least High School age, and is ready to commit their life to following Jesus, can be confirmed. 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. Some refer to Confirmation as a "lay ordination" for believers. 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 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.

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