Confirmation is the personal affirmation by a young person of the promises made on their behalf by parents and godparents, or by adults for themselves, at their Baptism. As a person is confirmed, they receive strength to believe, and they express their desire to grow in Christian faith, life and love.
Confirmation is celebrated following extensive preparation. Those who are confirmed confess their faith in Christ, joining themselves to the faith the church has held for more than two thousand years. The congregation prays for those to be confirmed, who are strengthened by God as they receive an apostolic blessing.
Although a person becomes a full member of Christ's body at Baptism, confirmation affords an opportunity to make a public affirmation of faith, and - in the case of young people - for the church to encourage and accept the new independence that comes as the threshold into adulthood is crossed.
Konfirmaatio antaa kirkon jäsenelle oikeuden
- toimia kummina
- osallistua ehtoolliselle itsenäisesti
- asettua ehdokkaaksi seurakuntavaaleissa, kun konfirmoitu jäsen on 18-vuotias.
Kirkollisen avioliittoon vihkimisen edellytyksenä on rippikoulun käyminen, mutta konfirmaatiota ei edellytetä.
In an increasingly secular and transient world, more adults are now confirmed than used to be the case. Sometimes a young person may have attended classes but chosen not to go forward to confirmation at the time; sometimes people come to faith as adults; and some members of other denominations may be required to seek confirmation in order to join the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. There are suitable classes for every group: ask at a parish office for more information.