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 Incarnation, the sixth grade year serves as the time when students are prepared for Confirmation. If a student has not yet received Baptism, they will be encouraged to do so at the Easter Vigil that year, so that they can also receive Confirmation at the spring visitation by the diocesan bishop. Contact Student Ministries for more information.
Adults seeking Confirmation (or Reception, if Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox) into the Anglican Communion will be confirmed at one of our services at Incarnation. Confirmation is open for all those who are:
- Previously baptized but not confirmed in any tradition.
- If you have not been baptized, we will also baptize and confirm you.
- Previously confirmed in another tradition that is not Anglican, Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox (if you have been confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church of the Eastern Orthodox Church, you only have to be Received).
For any of the categories above, please fill out the Adult Confirmation Application:
All those seeking baptism, confirmation or reception have to take two preparatory courses.
- WORSHIP Discipleship Pathways course: focuses on the Nicene Creed, the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, theology of the Eucharist, and the church liturgical calendar.
- CANTERBURY Discipleship Pathways course: focuses on the history of Anglicanism, the sacraments for life, and the Book of Common Prayer.
If you have been confirmed elsewhere in the Anglican Communion, you do not have to be confirmed again.
On the Canterbury Trail 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 Canterbury Trail class, which is offered twice a year, beginning in September and January. These classes culminate with the fall and spring visitations of the diocesan bishop to administer Confirmation.