What we now call 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

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.
We welcome all who are baptised to share in the bread and the wine.