CONFIRMATION: Requirements


Dearly beloved, it is essential that those who wish to be Confirmed or Received in this Church publicly confess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior; become his disciples; know and affirm the Nicene Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Ten Commandments; and have received instruction in the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments and the Catechism of the Church (BCP 2019, p. 176).

In accordance with the Book of Common Prayer 2019, Apostles Anglican Church requires all confirmands (those standing for Confirmation) to memorize the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Ten Commandments as found below. In addition, the Confirmands are expected to have a basic understanding of each sufficient to guide worship, faith, practice and mature ministry.

The Apostles’ Creed (BCP 2019, p. 20)

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer (BCP 2019, p. 134)

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

The Decalogue (BCP 2019, pp. 100-101)

I am the Lord your God.

You shall have no other gods but me.

You shall not make for yourself any idol.

You shall not take the Name of the Lord your God in vain.

Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.

Honor your father and your mother.

You shall not murder.

You shall not commit adultery.

You shall not steal.

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

You shall not covet.


Confirmation is the sacramental rite in which the grace of the Holy Spirit is received to empower one for mature ministry in the church and in the world. Accordingly, our rector, Fr. Jack King, would like each confirmand to prayerfully and prudently reflect on his/her sense of calling to lay ministry, to discern the work that God has given you to do, both in the church and in the whole of your life beyond the walls of the church. He would like you to briefly express this in writing and to give it to him or to me before the service of confirmation.

About johnaroop

I am a husband, father, retired teacher, lover of books and music and coffee and, as of 17 May 2015, by the grace of God and the will of his Church, an Anglican priest in the Anglican Church in North America, Anglican Diocese of the South. I serve as assisting priest at Apostles Anglican Church in Knoxville, TN, and as Canon Theologian for the Anglican Diocese of the South.
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