The Sacrament of Confirmation
On Sunday, November 4th, our bishop will visit Holy Spirit Anglican Church. Our bishop is the Right Reverence Keith Andrews and he oversees the more than forty churches in eight states which make up our diocese. The major role of the bishop is the guard the faith of the church and he does so through supervising all of the ordained clergy in our churches. Another way that he exercises his role is through the rite of confirmation.
Confirmation is the event through which those who were baptized as infants, or earlier in life, make an adult commitment to follow the Lord Jesus. The bishop is involved in such an affirmation because he represents the whole church; not only the forty churches of our Anglican diocese, but he is in relationship with Anglicans around the country and around the world. Additionally, we believe that he stands in the succession of bishops whose lines stretches all the way back 2,000 years to Jesus. And so he confirms that the faith professed by those who come before him is the faith that saves, the faith that Jesus taught us and that the apostles handed down.
The chance to make a mature commitment is not only restricted to those who were baptized as infants and have not yet been confirmed. Anyone can reaffirm their faith before the bishop, perhaps approaching it as a time to commit to a new direction of mission that the Lord has given them. Additionally, those who have been confirmed in other denominations can be received into the Anglican tradition.
So when the bishop visits, he offers a lot to us. Anyone who would like to go through confirmation, or reaffirm their faith, or be received into the Anglican Church will receive prayer and anointing from the bishop during the service.
If you are interested in learning more about confirmation, we will have an informational time after our service on Sunday, September 16th. During this time you can ask questions to help discern if this is the right next step for you. On the 23rd of September, we’ll start a six week course to prepare for confirmation.
Fr. Brian Hughes