Confirmation & Reaffirmation
Holy Baptism is once-and-for-all, full and complete initiation into Christ's Body, the Church. Yet throughout our lives we find ourselves reaching turning points when we may be called to reaffirm the covenant God makes with us. The Episcopal Church provides a rite for the solemn reaffirmation of baptismal vows, with the laying on of hands by a bishop. When this is done for the first time as an adult by one who was baptized as an infant, it is traditionally known as Confirmation. Those coming into the Episcopal Church from other Christian traditions may choose to reaffirm their baptism in the form known as Reception. Others may undergo the rite of Reaffirmation at various times throughout their lives.