For many Christians, their journey of faith includes confirmation. Confirmation was historically a necessary step in the journey of baptized Anglicans and is now optional. Still, many consider it to be an important sacrament of adult commitment to the Church and a way to reaffirm the gifts of the Holy Spirit conferred at baptism.
Children aged twelve and up are made ready for confirmation through several months of instruction in all things Anglican. 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. The Bishop presides at the Confirmation Service, and laying hands on the confirmed, prays:
“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.”
The Church encourages baptised people of all ages who find themselves at a significant turning point in their spiritual journey to solemnly renew their baptismal vows and receive the strengthening gifts of the Holy Spirit through the laying-on-of-hands by the bishop.
Not only is this sacramental rite appropriate for those baptised as children who are ready to make a personal, mature commitment to Christ and the Church, but also for adults who come into the Anglican Communion from another Christian tradition or are coming home to active church life after a time away. Depending on a person’s circumstances the rite is variously known as Confirmation, Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows, or Reception into the Anglican Communion. At Holy Trinity Cathedral, adults seeking the Rites of Commitment are instructed separately by the Rector while the children attend Confirmation Class during the 9:15 a.m. services throughout the Fall and Spring.
For information about Confirmation for teens, contact the Church Office at (604) 521-2511.
For adults seeking the Rites of Commitment, contact the Parish Office at (604) 521-2511.