Confirmation is one of the Church’s sacraments – a visible sign of God’s love for us in which he bestows upon us his life giving grace. It marks the second part of the journey of faith begun at our baptism. Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey where those who have been baptised earlier in their lives make a firm commitment to Christian discipleship. As such, it is expected that individuals show a commitment to regular church attendance (preferably weekly) and a desire to grow in faith through commitment, prayer, study and action.
At Confirmation, through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop, the Church asks God to give those being confirmed power, through the Holy Spirit, to live a long life of faith and commitment to his Church. This is a tall order. Living a committed life to Jesus and His Church is no easy thing. The Holy Spirit, so long as we trust in it, will guide and strengthen us. In the sacrament, the individual receives the outward Spirit of grace through the hands of the Bishop (Jesus’ chief representative) which inspires them to move from a personal to an outward and active faith. Once Confirmed, people are encouraged to explore their own ministries on behalf of God’s Church and provide a positive example of faith to others so that more people may come to know his love for them.
Please do contact Fr Rob if you are interested in Confirmation.