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What Is Confirmation

Lutheran confirmation is a public profession of faith prepared for by long and careful instruction. In English, it is called "affirmation of baptism", and is a mature and public profession of the faith which "marks the completion of the congregation's program of confirmation ministry".[37] The German language also uses for Lutheran confirmation a different word (Konfirmation) from the word used for the sacramental rite of the Catholic Church (Firmung).[38]

Lutheran churches do not treat confirmation as a  sacrament of the Gospel, considering that only Baptism and the Eucharist can be regarded as such. At Holy Trinity confirmation is a two year program which begins when a youth enters 7th grade.

 

The instruction includes a year of scripture, a study of the sacraments, prayer, Lutheran heritage, and the creeds of the church. Youth are asked to memorize the Apostles Creed, the Lord's Prayer, the books of the Bible, and several other things.  Upon completing their two years of class the youth will celebrate their affirmation of baptism where they take upon themselves the promises that their parents and sponsors made at their baptism when they promise to commit to the following promises: " You have made public profession of your faith. Do you intend to continue in the covenant God made with you in holy baptism: to live among God's faithful people, to hear the word of God and share in the Lord's supper, to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed, to serve all people, following the example of Jesus, and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth?"

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