Confirmation

Confirmation is one of the sacraments of initiation (along with Baptism and Eucharist) – the means whereby we become full members of the Church.  In the early Church, children were rarely received into the faith, so an adult who showed a real commitment to the Christianity would be baptised, confirmed and receive the Eucharist at the same ceremony.  Nowadays Confirmation is separated ritually from Baptism, but not sacramentally.  The sacraments are received at different stages in the journey of faith but remain intrinsically linked. Confirmation completes the process, as it were.  When a person is confirmed, it is the official recognition by the community – represented by the bishop – of their place in the Church, the Body of Christ.  It signifies a mature and adult acceptance of faith and a commitment to live out that faith in daily life.