Lenten Adult Education Series 2017: Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation

Confrimation, reception, reaffirmation

 

 Sundays in Lent 9:15am – 10:00am

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, p. 860).

By exploring Scripture, Church History, the Prayer Book, and other parts of our faith life, we learn about the ways God is calling us to take on our Baptismal vows as mature members of the Church.

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” (p. 860). Those who were baptized at an early age and those baptized as adults without laying on of hands by a bishop are invited to make a mature public affirmation of their faith, recommit themselves to the responsibilities of their baptism, and receive laying on of hands by a bishop (p. 412).
The Prayer Book rite for Confirmation includes forms for Reception and the Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows. In some dioceses, those who have already made a mature Christian commitment in another denomination are recognized as members of the one holy catholic and apostolic church, and received into the fellowship of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion.

Those who have returned from a time of religious inactivity to an active practice of faith may publicly reaffirm their baptismal vows. Others who have experienced a renewal of faith or desire to renew their Christian commitment may also reaffirm their baptismal vows. Reaffirmation may be repeated, depending on the pastoral needs of the person. Preparation for Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation should help the candidates discover the meaning of Christian commitment in their lives, and explore ways that their Christian commitment can be lived. This preparation may draw upon the baptismal covenant (pp. 416-417) and An Outline of the Faith pp. 845-862).

Join us during the Sundays of Lent from 9:15am – 10am as we explore these deep questions of faith

Pax et bonum

Fr. Mack+