St. George’s Anglican Church
51 Church St., Moncton, NB E1C 4Z3
Church Office: 506-855-5209 Fax: 506-388-4866
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
The Reverend Chris VanBuskirk
The Rev. Dr. Dan Goodwin
The Rev. Deacon Norm Dupuis
For Anglicans, Confirmation (also called the Laying on of Hands with Prayer) is the completion of Holy Baptism. At Baptism, the Lord performs surgery on us, mystically applying the Precious Blood of Christ to our sin-stained souls and regenerating us by the Holy Spirit. With this spiritual cleansing, signified by the outward pouring of water, the person is made the child of God, a member of Christ, and an inheritor of the Kingdom of Heaven.
At Confirmation, two things are accomplished: first, God confirms and strengthens the person with the Holy Spirit, bestowing on them the gifts of His grace including the spirit of wisdom and understanding; the spirit of counsel and might; the spirit of knowledge and true godliness; and the spirit of holy fear.
In a sense these gifts are like tools for our life journey.
Secondly at Confirmation, the person renews or confirms their Baptismal promises. This act is a sign of an inner conversion – a turning of the person’s will away from the things of this world, towards Jesus Christ, trusting Him as Lord and Saviour.
How old should a person be when they are confirmed? You can never be too old; but you should be old enough. According to the Prayer Book, Confirmation is meant for those who are “baptized and come to years of discretion”. This stipulation underlines the conscious decision a person makes to love and serve the Lord in the fellowship of His Church.