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confirmation,

Christian rite in which the initiation into the church that takes place by baptismbaptism
[Gr., =dipping], in most Christian churches a sacrament. It is a rite of purification by water, a ceremony invoking the grace of God to regenerate the person, free him or her from sin, and make that person a part of the church.
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 is confirmed. In the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Eastern churches, it is a sacramentsacrament
[Lat.,=something holy], an outward sign of something sacred. In Christianity, a sacrament is commonly defined as having been instituted by Jesus and consisting of a visible sign of invisible grace. Christianity is divided as to the number and operation of sacraments.
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 by which a Christian is strengthened in his faith. In the Lutheran and Anglican churches it is universally used, but it is not a sacrament (except among High Anglicans). In the East it is conferred by the priest on the newly baptized person of any age. In the West it is ordinarily an episcopal function, and the recipient has reached a canonical age of discretion. Confirmation consists of the laying on of hands and anointing with chrism, a mixture of oil and balm; Anglicans and Lutherans have abandoned the anointing. Some other Protestant churches use the term confirmation for the ceremony of admitting baptized persons into full church membership. Scriptural passages cited as authority for confirmation include Acts 8.14–17; 19.

confirmation

1. a rite in several Christian churches that confirms a baptized person in his faith and admits him to full participation in the church
2. (in the philosophy of science) the relationship between an observation and the theory which it supposedly renders more probable
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While frequent informal get-togethers between mentor and confirmand are encouraged and important to the relationship, it is often difficult for the pairs to schedule these discussion times.
In the case of confirmation (affirmation of baptism), the post-baptismal Christian formation that includes instruction in the word and reception of Holy Communion leads to a deeper knowledge and experience of divine grace that in turn motivates the confirmand to publicly affirm his/her baptism and accept personal responsibility for the church's mission.
Even for the ultra-organized who have already completed their shopping, this book would make a great gift t new church member, a confirmand, or a spiritual wisdom seeker.
One year I got a confirmand to make an Ascension altar hanging with old watered-down latex paint in sunset/sunrise colors and a leaping/rising figure in outline.
Right: Saskatchewan Bishop David Irving and Masasi Bishop James Almasi bless confirmands.
Second, such Christian character formation and education programmes should be approached as ongoing and life-long (recall the confirmands who signed up for a refresher).
21) To clinch his advice, he buffets the bishop just as bishops buffet confirmands at the end of the sacrament that initiates Catholic adulthood, asserting to Cornaro that without the peasants he is nothing, a declaration that, given the proportion of peasant agricultural rents in the income of the Paduan diocese, was not far off the mark.