To be confirmed is to express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop. To be confirmed, it is required that the candidate has been baptized.
The Bishop of Southeast Florida confirms participants as members of the Episcopal Church by the laying on of hands during a church service on a given Sunday in the year. The confirmation preparation for youth consists of some meetings over a period of two years. For adults, a one-day course is offered to finalize preparation for confirmation. Dates and times for the preparation classes will be announced in the Sunday bulletin and in our newsletter and other communications.
Reception into the Episcopal Church is for those who have made a mature commitment to Christ in another denomination by a bishop through apostolic succession. Those who were confirmed and received by laying on of hands by a bishop my choose reception. If that element of a previous confirmation was not present, Episcopal confirmation may be a more suitable option.
Reaffirmation is for people who have already been confirmed in the Episcopal Church and wish to restate their commitment to Christ. People may choose to reaffirm their faith for a variety of reasons, like returning to the church after a long period or to show support to a loved one who is being confirmed.
What is Apostolic Succession?
Apostolic Succession is the belief that bishops are the successors to the apostles and that episcopal authority is derived from the apostles by an unbroken succession in the ministry. This authority is derived through the laying on of hands for the ordination of bishops in lineal sequence from the apostles. It may also be understood as a continuity in doctrinal teaching from the time of the apostles to the present.
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