confirmation 2014Seven young adults from Grace Church expressed their commitment to Christ through the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday, May 17.

Meagan Biesiadecki, Benjamin Bradshaw, Darren Cookson, Thomas Henson, Scott Janasik, Katie Streicher and Elena Wallach prepared throughout the year to participate in the confirmation service at Christ Church Cathedral.

The Rev. Todd McDowell, Grace’s Rector, presented the candidates. Bishop Wayne Smith confirmed each individual with prayer and laying on of hands.

Congratulations to all the confirmands and their families!

(from the Book of Common Prayer)

Q: What are the sacraments?
A: The sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain means by which we receive that grace.

Q: What is grace?
A: Grace is God’s favor towards us, unearned and undeserved; by grace God forgives our sins, enlightens our minds, stirs our hearts, and strengthens our wills.

Q: What is Confirmation?
A: Confirmation is the rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop.

Q: What is required of those to be confirmed?
A: It is required of those to be confirmed that they have been baptized, are sufficiently instructed in the Christian Faith, are penitent for their sins, and are ready to affirm their confession of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

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