“Almighty God, we thank you that by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ you have overcome sin and brought us to yourself, and that by the sealing of your Holy Spirit you have bound us to your service. Renew in these your servants the covenant you made with them at their Baptism. Send them forth in the power of that Spirit to perform the service you set before them.” —The Book of Common Prayer
Confirmation is about strengthening the life of the baptized by the gifts of the Holy Spirit; it is the completion of the initiation begun in Baptism. The bishop of the diocese administers Confirmation by the laying on of hands (and often anointing with chrism), and an invocation of the Holy Spirit for strengthening and the gifts of grace. If Baptism is the beginning of life in Christ, Confirmation strengthens us by the Holy Spirit, by incorporating us more deeply into Christ and more closely into his Body the Church.
At St. Paul’s, the ninth-grade year typically serves as the time when youth are prepared for Confirmation. If a youth has not yet received Baptism, they will be encouraged to do so, in order that they can also receive Confirmation at the spring visitation by the diocesan bishop. Contact Youth Ministries for more information.
Pilgrimage is a semester-long introduction to Christian faith and the Anglican tradition. It is required for all adults who are seeking Baptism, Confirmation, or Reception into the Episcopal Church. Click here for more information on the Pilgrimage class, which is offered twice a year, beginning in September and January. These classes culminate with the spring visitation of the diocesan bishop to administer Confirmation.