Protestant Confirmation

Protestant Confirmation

 

In most Christian Churches Confirmation is a rite of initiation normally received by the lay on of hands or anointing by a bishop for the purpose of receiving the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  In some churches confirmation bestows full membership.  In others baptism renders the person a full member.
           
Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox as well as the Anglican Church view confirmation as a sacrament.  In the East confirmation is conferred on infants immediately after baptism.  In the West it is more common acceptance to receive confirmation at the age of reason, that being between twelve and seventeen years of age. Confirmation, in traditional Protestant faiths, is considered a coming of age ceremony.  Confirmation is not given in the Baptist Churches or other churches where 'believer's baptism' is taught.
           
There are far more similarities in the belief practices of Catholic, Orthodox and  Protestant Churches than most consider.  For instance, Baptism in some Protestant denominations permit two or more godparents as does the Roman Catholic  churches.  Some baptize at infancy and some wait until an older age thus emphasizing the personal faith commitment.  But, most all baptize in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit as a means of becoming a member of that church.  Baptists practice actual immersion while Presbyterians baptize at any age.  Neither requires god parents.  Methodists baptize at any age with at least one sponsor.
           
In most Protestant Churches, as in the Roman Catholic church, those who accept Jesus receive communion.
           
In all the churches who practice a confirmation ceremony, whether accepted as a sacrament or a rite, confirmation is considered a mature act of faith where by the Baptismal vows are taken (or repeated) and his/her faith is accepted as their own responsibility.  When the candidates have reached 'the age of reason' they are considered to be of proper confirmation age.
           
In Protestant Churches, as in the Roman Catholic Church, marriage is considered a sacred event preferably performed by an ordained minister.  It is increasingly becoming a practice of most clergy to require serious pre-marriage counseling to with the engaged couple.
           
In the Roman Catholic Church confirmation (also known as Chrismation) is considered one of the seven sacraments instituted by Christ in the bestowing of sanctifying grace and strengthening of the union between the individual and God.  In the Latin-rite or Western Catholic Church the sacrament is only given to persons old enough to understand its meaning and under the administration of the bishop.  Those who receive as an adult confirmation are baptized and confirmed during the Easter Vigil.
           
Orthodox confirmation in the Eastern Church is administered immediately after baptism by a bishop using consecrated olive oil (commonly called 'chrism').  They refer to this as 'Chrismation'.
           
In some Anglican dioceses, as also in the Roman Catholic Church, confirmands adopt a saint name for confirmation.
           
Former Catholic members are sometimes admitted to the Anglican churches without renewing either baptism or confirmation.  The Roman Catholic accepts those who have been 'Chrismated' in an Eastern Church without repeating confirmation but in will not accept those of most other protestant denominations, especially those in which the sacraments are not administered by an ordained minister.
           
The Lutheran Church considers the confirmation rite to be a public profession of faith although not a sacrament. Only Baptism and Communion are considered sacraments.  The Lutheran Church does practice 'confession' which in the Roman Catholic Church is also considered a sacrament (the Sacrament of Reconciliation).      
           
The United Methodist also considers the confirmation rite as a public declaration of faith but not a sacrament.
           
The Latter Day Saints consider confirmation an ordinance which takes place soon after baptism.

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