confirmation at trinityConfirmation 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.” (BCP p.860) It has two functions. First, it is the way we state our adult faith, and take on for ourselves the commitments that were made on our behalf at Baptism (BCP p.304-305). Confirmation is not just a rite of passage to go through at puberty (or a graduation rite from Sunday School — though it often seems to have worked that way in the past); it is about making a conscious decision to be Christian, to live asa follower of Christ in everything we say and do. Second, in confirmation we are given of the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands of a Bishop. God works within us, as we are received by the Bishop as members of the denomination called the Episcopal Church (we were received as members of the Christian religion in Baptism). Confirmation is for those who have been baptized but have not received the laying on of hands by a Bishop. That includes those baptized as infants, children or adults in the Episcopal Church who have not yet been confirmed, and those baptized as adults in denominations without confirmation by a Bishop. If you were confirmed in another denomination by a Bishop, you can be received — this makes you an Episcopalian. If you are interested in being confirmed, please contact us.