Confirmation in the Anglican Church

What is confirmation?

Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey at which you affirm for yourself the faith into which you have been baptized and your intention to live a life of committed discipleship. This affirmation is confirmed through prayer and the laying on of hands by the confirming bishop. The Church also asks God to give you power through the Holy Spirit to enable you to live in the way of Jesus.

Who can get confirmed?

Any person who has been baptized can be confirmed. Teenagers and young adults are often confirmed when they first begin to "own" their baptismal promises for themselves. Adult converts to Christianity are normally confirmed following their baptism and those who are new to the Anglican Church, who have never been confirmed by a bishop, are also welcome to receive confirmation.

The confirmation service

Your confirmation will be led by a bishop. It will normally take place at a special service at our cathedral here in Hamilton.

There will normally be a rehearsal before the confirmation service so that you understand everything that happens in the service. The priest will make sure you know where to sit and when you need to move. Some parts of the service will be for the whole congregation to join in; some will be for just you and the other confirmation candidates to say.

Making decisions and promises

If you were baptized as a child, your parents and godparents were asked to declare publicly on your behalf that they believed in God and that they would bring you up to follow Jesus. They were asked to answer, on your behalf, that you had decided to turn away from everything which is evil or sinful and instead to turn towards Christ. At confirmation, you will renew these decisions and promises and make them for yourself.

The declarations made by you will be made in front of the church congregation; the local Christian community will promise to support you and pray for you.

At the Service of Confirmation

The Service of Confirmation takes place in the context of a celebration of Holy Eucharist. The bishop will lead the congregation in the renewal of baptismal promises. Each candidate for confirmation will come forward to have the bishop pray for the indwelling and empowering of the Holy Spirit. The bishop will make the sign of the cross on your forehead with oil. This is a sign of the outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit. It is like an invisible badge to show that Christians are united with Christ and must not be ashamed to stand up for their faith in him.

If you wish more information, or if you wish to  be confirmed, please talk to one of our parish clergy.

Upcoming Soon

  • Cinquefoil
    April 20, 2018

    Sacrifice | Five artists - One Theme | Doors and Bar open at 8:00 pm |  Concert begins at 8:30pm | Tickets $20.00 |

  • Sunday, April 22, 2018: The Fourth Sunday of Easter
    April 22, 2018

    8:15 a.m. The Early Service. A quiet said service of Holy Communion in the tradition of The Book of Common Prayer, held in the Chapel of St. Michael and St. George (downstairs from the church proper).

    9:30 a.m. The Discovery Service. A less formal liturgy with the worship band. Holy Eucharist

    11 a.m. The Choral Service. Choral Eucharist and music by organ and the Parish Choir.

    The Assistant Curate, the Reverend Dr. Leonel Aboroa-Bolona, will be the presiding celebrant and Jody Balint, will be the preacher. This is our student, Jody Balint's, final Sunday with us. Come along as we bless her for her future in ministry.

  • Wednesday Eucharist
    April 25, 2018

    10 a.m. Holy Eucharist in the tradition of the Book of Common Prayer at the Nave Altar in the church proper.

  • The Commissionaires- Live on Locke
    April 27, 2018

    with opening act Aaron Powell | Doors open at 7:00 pm | Performance begins at 7:30 pm | Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door, Students and Seniors $15 |

  • Opera Deluxe
    April 28, 2018

    An evening of favourite opera arias and duets | Doors open 6:30 | Concert begins 7:00 pm | Tickets general admission $35, students $25, children under 12 free

  • Sunday, April 29, 2018: The Fifth Sunday of Easter
    April 29, 2018

    8:15 a.m. The Early Service. A quiet said service of Holy Communion in the tradition of The Book of Common Prayer, held in the Chapel of St. Michael and St. George (downstairs from the church proper). The Assistant Curate, the Reverend Dr. Leonel Abaroa-Bolona, will be the presiding celebrant and preacher.

    9:30 a.m. The Discovery Service. A less formal liturgy with the worship band. Holy Eucharist. The Rector, the Venerable Dr. David Anderson, will be the presiding celebrant and the Assistant Curate, the Reverend Dr. Leonel Abaroa-Bolona, will be the preacher.

    11 a.m. The Choral Service. Choral Matins and music by organ and the Parish Choir. The Rector, the Venerable Dr. David Anderson, will be the officiant and the Assistant Curate, the Reverend Dr. Leonel Abaroa-Bolona, will be the preacher.

  • Wednesday Eucharist
    May 2, 2018

    10 a.m. Holy Eucharist in the tradition of the Book of Common Prayer at the Nave Altar in the church proper.

  • Sunday, May 6, 2018: The Feast of Saint John the Evangelist: Patronal Festival
    May 6, 2018

    8:15 a.m. The Early Service. A quiet said service of Holy Communion in the tradition of The Book of Common Prayer, held in the Chapel of St. Michael and St. George (downstairs from the church proper). 

    9:30 a.m. The Discovery Service. A less formal liturgy with the worship band. Holy Eucharist.

    11 a.m. The Choral Service. Festal Choral Holy Eucharist and music by organ and the Parish Choir.

    The Assistant Curate, the Reverend Dr. Leonel Abaroa-Bolona, will be the presiding celebrant and the Rector, the Venerable Dr. David Anderson, will be the preacher at all services.

  • Wednesday Eucharist
    May 9, 2018

    10 a.m. Holy Eucharist in the tradition of the Book of Common Prayer at the Nave Altar in the church proper.

  • Sunday, May 13, 2018: The Sunday of the Ascension: Jerusalem Sunday
    May 13, 2018

    8:15 a.m. The Early Service. A quiet said service of Holy Communion in the tradition of The Book of Common Prayer, held in the Chapel of St. Michael and St. George (downstairs from the church proper). The Rector will be the presiding celebrant and preacher.

    9:30 a.m. The Discovery Service. A less formal liturgy with the worship band. Holy Eucharist.

    11 a.m. The Choral Service. Festal Choral Holy Eucharist and music by organ and the Parish Choir. Incense will be used at this service.

    The Reverend Canon Dr. Brian Ruttan, our Honorary Assistant, will be the presiding celebrant and or Rector, the Venerable Dr. David Anderson, will be the preacher at the Discovery and Choral services.

  • Wednesday Eucharist
    May 16, 2018

    10 a.m. Holy Eucharist in the tradition of the Book of Common Prayer at the Nave Altar in the church proper.

  • Sunday, May 20, 2018: The Day of Pentecost
    May 20, 2018

    8:15 a.m. The Early Service. A quiet said service of Holy Communion in the tradition of The Book of Common Prayer, held in the Chapel of St. Michael and St. George (downstairs from the church proper).

    9:30 a.m. The Discovery Service. A less formal liturgy with the worship band. Holy Eucharist.

    11 a.m. The Choral Service. Festal Choral Holy Eucharist and music by organ and the Parish Choir.

    Our Rector, the Venerable Dr. David Anderson, will be the presiding celebrant and our Honourary Assistant, the Reverend Canon Dr. Brian Ruttan, will be the preacher at all services.


Service Times

Sundays

8:15 a.m., The Early Service, Holy Communion in the tradition of the Book of Common Prayer. In the chapel of St. Michael and St. George.

9:30 a.m., The Discovery Service, with our worship band, a less formal liturgy of Holy Eucharist, in the church proper.

11 a.m., The Choral Service, in the classic Anglican and choral traditions with organ and the Parish Choir.

Wednesdays

10 a.m., Wednesday Chapel Eucharist, Holy Communion in the tradition of The Book of Common Prayer, in the Chapel of St Michael and St George (downstairs).

Thursdays

Messy Church, on the third Thursday of each month. Messy Church is a hands-on worship experience for the entire family with crafts, drama, songs and (perhaps best of all) dinner!

 

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The Church of St John the Evangelist
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Hamilton, ON L8P 2E7
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