Confirmation 2010

Bishop Pete Broadbent confirmed seven candidates at St Mary's on Sunday 17 October 2010.

In his sermon, Bishop Pete encouraged us to live out our faith in the world around us. The atmosphere was joyful and encouraging.

Confirmation was originally part of a wider ceremony of Christian initiation and only became a separate rite when bishops were no longer able to preside at all baptisms.

As a separate rite, confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey at which the participation in the life of God’s people inaugurated at baptism is confirmed by the bishop by the laying on of hands, and in which those who have been baptised affirm for themselves the faith into which they have been baptised and their intention to live a life of responsible and committed discipleship. Through prayer and the laying on of hands by the confirming bishop, the Church also asks God to give them power through the Holy Spirit to enable them to live in this way.

If you're interested in confirmation, we have a leaflet with more details.