Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation

“Confirmation is the rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop.” (Book of Common Prayer 1979, 860). Whereas full membership is conferred in the initiatory rite of Holy Baptism, Confirmation is a commissioning and empowerment for ministry. Those baptized at an early age are expected, after a period of instruction, to make a “mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism and to receive the laying on of hands by the Bishop.” (Book of Common Prayer 1979, 412).

Those who have been baptized in other denominations who have made a “mature public affirmation” will be “received” into the Episcopal Church through the laying on of hands by the Bishop. Those who have been “received” or “confirmed” in the Episcopal Church may “reaffirm” their baptismal covenant in the service of Confirmation.

Confirmation or Reception qualifies individuals to vote at the Annual Parish Meeting, to serve as members of the Vestry, and to serve in the Councils of the Church as laity. There is no set time for Confirmation at St. Patrick’s. Preparation for our young adults is offered in the J2A curriculum (8th-10th grade). Our Episcopal Essentials class provides preparation for adults seeking Confirmation, Reception, or Reaffirmation.

Services of Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation occur during the Bishop’s annual visit and at Diocesan Confirmations at the Cathedral of St. Philip.

To be Confirmed, Received, or Reaffirmed, please complete the application for Confirmation, Reception, or Reaffirmation form. You may contact the Clergy of Parish Administrator directly with any questions at 770-455-6523.