Spring General Confirmation

Saturday, June 6, 120 youth and adults from across the diocese gathered at Grace Cathedral for the sacrament of Confirmation, as well as the renewal of baptismal vows and reception into the Episcopal church. Festive banners from the 21 parishes represented adorned the standing-room-only nave as the confirmands processed with their clergy presenters.

During the sermon, the Rt. Rev Marc Andrus preached on his time as a camp chaplain; the camp theme was “the essential is invisible.” Bishop Marc called on the confirmands to live as people of faith in a material world, following and believing in what is invisible. While affirming the good of God’s physical creation — the universe, the good earth, and our knit-together bodies, he called us to question the supremacy of material values in our culture.

The congregation then affirmed their baptismal vows and promised to support the newly-confirmed in their spiritual journey. While Bishop Marc prayed over each individual confirmand, the congregation chanted words of calling and worship (“Take, O Take Me as I Am” “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light” “Veni Sancta Spiritus”). After the breaking of the bread, the confirmands processed out with their presenters, followed by the gathered community, who had just asked in song that God “Grant us wisdom, grant us courage [to serve] Thee whom we adore!”

The service was followed by a reception on the plaza, with refreshments provided by the confirmand’s families. The bishop posed for photos with the confirmands, and also signed the parish registers and Books of Common Prayer for the confirmands.

The next confirmation ceremonies in the Diocese of California will be the Beloved Community confirmation, Saturday, November 7. Beloved Community confirmation celebrates social justice work in our community, affirming our baptismal covenant to respect the dignity of every human being.
On Saturday, April 23, 2016 the Diocese will host EcoConfirmation, an outdoor service where participants both confirm their faith and the 5th Mark of Mission “to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.”

Watch DioBytes and visit the DioCal Discipleship Ministries webpage for confirmation resources and registration protocol.

[Image: Caren Miles]

[Image: Caren Miles]

[Image: Caren Miles]

[Image: Jennifer Snow]

[Image: Jennifer Snow]